First post of a blog that I plan to actually keep up with. Plan being the keyword here... BUT here we go!
So this first shoot was my first attempt at doing a high-end, fashion-like shoot that involved a team of people including a model, a few assistants, a behind-the-scenes video, and drone. Only problem was: it was 17 degrees outside!!! So here's the scene...
Date: December 14, 2017
Location: Clark Tower, Winterset, IA
Outside Temp: 23℉
Model: Michelle "Mimi" Ostmann
Model & Wardrobe Assistant: Tyson Wiegel
Photo Assistant & Drone Operator: Donovan Rivera
Theme: Game of Thrones
This shoot was BY FAR my most challenging. Physically speaking, I was up at 3am to catch a 6am flight out of DFW so I didn't get much sleep the night before and was too excited to sleep on the plane. The moment we land in O'Hare it was 17℉ with 10+mph winds which made it feel like it was in the single digits. And THEN we immediately started our 6 hour road trip to get to Winterset, IA from Chicago! Thank GOD I had Donovan as my travel buddy because I could NOT have made that drive by myself! (Though we did upgrade our rental car to a new BMW :P )
When we finally get to Clark Tower, it was so overcast that we had hardly ANY light to begin with so any light that you see in the photos was either shot at a high ISO on my camera or I had to use my speed lights with modifiers to create my own sunlight. I had plans to create a behind-the-scenes video for you all including some drone footage from my new DJI Spark, but the cold shut down ALL of our equipment including our phones and batteries. We resorted to leaving our cars turned on with the heaters cranked up and left all of our equipment in there to keep warm!
The fact that we got the images that we did is purely a testimony of our sheer will power and creativity at its finest! HUGE round of applause to my heroine and model Mimi for braving the cold and handling it like a freakin' trooper!! She was dancing around all over the place trying to keep warm in-between shots! But we rocked it out and I couldn't be more excited and happy with the images that came out. Thus earning her the title, from my new mini-publication, "PortrAIt Magazine's Miss January 2018"!