So I had this idea. Create a Bridal Fashion Shoot but with a twist; We use real brides that we've photographed before and allow them to integrate a lot of their ideas with my own. A true and sincere collaboration between artist and subject. They aren't models, (although they certainly could be), but what they bring to the table is their own individual life experiences and passions for what they do and who they are.
Thats what my goal was, to give these Brides a chance to feel just as beautiful as they did on their Wedding Day inside and out. But this time, we had gotten to see more than just another young lady in a pretty gown, but we got to see their personalities and who they are shine through.
Being up in Lake George for the shoot was an adventure in itself as we all faced very challenging weather. 30+ mph winds, 45 degree temperatures and potential rain. It was probably one of the most challenging shoots I've ever had because all of it was outdoors and right by the Lake. Even after all of those obstacles to hurdle over, I had truly some of the most motivated, confident and gutsy Brides I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
With this shoot we collaborated with the amazing makeup artist Rachel from Color Me Gorgeous and Ashley Smith for Hair at https://www.facebook.com/ashley.smith.9655. Without these ladies creating some real magic, we couldn't have seen our ideas come to life. Diane's Floral Designs also donated their amazing, super creative fresh flower and brooch bouquets which added a spark of color and flair to the scene.
We worked closely with Christine Roberts whom procured us a great space for preparation at Fort William Henry's and Conference Center at http://www.fortwilliamhenry.com/. She is one of the most hospitable and caring individuals I know.
We also connected with Terry from "MuscleFlow Terry" at https://www.facebook.com/terry.muscleflow. He helped us coordinate certain "fight scenes" and some fun posing scenarios. Also Advantage Transit Group for the epic sized 20 passenger Part Bus they provided for us at www.albanycarservice.com.
Finally I'd like to thank Becky Dodard for helping the entire crew stay coordinated and for also capturing some great moments as second and third shooter. Thanks to Justin Shannon (Brenda's Cool Husband) for helping us lug around our equipment and everyone's props as well as coming up with some great ideas for shots. And last but never least, my father who helped me coordinate my thoughts and ideas (pre-shoot) as well as helping out second shooting.
On a personal level, I wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping to make this shoot/ dream come true. It was a real collaboration of hearts and minds. Now I can cross this off my photographic bucket list as well as prepare for yet another adventurous "Back in the Gown" Session perhaps for the fall or next Spring. If your interested in learning more about this shoot please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or head to our website www.ph3pix.com.
Without further ado Brenda and Amanda (my Epic Brides)... Your full teaser!!