Every year, my trusty hair and makeup artist and I WERK from May to October making sure every single senior that uses both of our services feels amazing and special and like they are part of a unique collaboration. Because, let's face it, it's not every day that you run into two besties that are a photographer and a hair and makeup artist. She's the cheese to my macaroni, the peanut butter to my jelly, the ice in my coke. I like her quite a bit. And every year, at the end of October when we are both exhausted from senior season for me and us and senior and wedding season for Sam, we start dreaming. We start thinking of all of the fun, creative sessions that we want to accomplish during our down time.
Now, to be clear, we LOVE our seniors. And we love being creative with them. But it's a rare occasion for a senior to come in asking for fish scales and rhinestones on their face for their sessions. So, it's a wonderful outlet for us to be creative just for us. To find something funky and accomplish it with no one to please but ourselves -- and that's amazing and really freeing. So, way back when we were crazy busy and Sam said..., "Hey, let's do something with mermaids and tell Taylor (Sam's little sister) we are going to do this," I was like...yes.
Fast forward to this May...when both of us had time to sit and think this out. There I was at home just minding my own and Sam sends me a snap that says let's do the mermaids. I'll dye Taylor's hair. And it all snowballed. Within about two days, we had the hair, the trial run for makeup, the outfit and the date. It happened and it happened fast. Fast forward again to the night of the session. Potential torrential downpour and hail. Not stopping us.
The clouds were rolling in, we lost all sun and you could see the electricity in the air by looking at all the hair standing up on all of our heads. We shot for about 30 minutes in gorgeous trapped light and Taylor was the perfect subject. We considered the possibility of shooting longer, but after narrowly missing out on hail by mere seconds, I'm super pleased with the 25+ images that we did accomplish. I've included my absolute favorites from the session above. The film strip below is just a small example of how we transformed the images from normal portraiture into our mermaid series!
Check back for more collaborative work between Sam and I (and probably Taylor) throughout the year! And here is a link to Samantha's page, check her out on facebook: