Picture of the Month – January 2010
My first shoot after getting back from surgery was one I was looking forward to. Kaline, who has modeled for me since 2002 ( and is featured in two of my all time favorite photographs, Mountain Peek, and Lady of the Lake) had her second child and three days after Cecilia’s birth I visited the newly expanded family at their home.
Her husband, Ben, works for the Post Office so I figured if you work for the company that does more deliveries than anyone else, why would you trust your most important delivery to a stork?
Unfortunately, the Post Office doesn’t make Priority One boxes large enough to ship a 7 pound newborn. So Photoshop came to the rescue. We photographed Cecilia at their home in a generic box filled with pink peanuts. Then back at the studio I photographed the Priority One box with the pink backdrop. A few minutes of Photoshop work blended the two photographs.
As we were photographing Cecilia, we had to rescue her a couple of times as she would gradually sink into the packing peanuts as she wiggled around. But she looked entirely comfortable sleeping in her box. However the shoot came to an end when little Cecilia burped up. Well that is an understatement. Think Mt. Vesuvious. I didn’t realize a baby could drink that much. It pretty much made a mess of her and the peanuts, but fortunately by then I had the photos I needed.
Picture of the Month – July 2006
This photo was an experiment, and Kaline was the very trusting model. It started out when I ordered 3 yards of some white fabric to use as a backdrop. When I received the order I found that they sent two pieces, one was 1 yard and the other was 2 yards. So I started experimenting around with the fabric, draping it on one of the mannequins we use to display our vintage clothing collection. I then made a backdrop out of the smaller piece, stretching it tight like a theatre scrim. The longer piece Kaline and I experimented draping in different ways. This was definitely the most unusual photo from the set, and I like it as a demonstration of what you can convey with out using hardly any variance of color or tone.
Picture of the Month – June 2006
It was tough picking a photograph of the month this month because I had a lot to choose from just this one day’s photo shoot. I had traveled with two beautiful young women to one of my favorite spots to photograph. Both Ayrika and Kaline have lots of dance experience and that always makes the posing easier for me. I had shot Kaline wearing this vintage wedding dress in the studio earlier in the month, but I really wanted to use it for a photo like this. Even though thunderstorms had recently passed through the area, we decided it was safe to climb this mountain peak. Once again Kaline came up with a dramatic pose to fit the situation. This marks the fourth appearance of Kaline in a picture of the month. It had been several years since I last got the chance to work with her, and I was happy to see her return to modeling.
Picture of the Month – November 2002
Kaline, in addition to having a ideal figure for modeling Victorian clothes, is also a ballet dancer. She’s also willing to work hard at getting great pictures, and this month she becomes the first three time POTM model. Last month we had a chance to work together again photographing some of out latest Victorian clothing aquisitions which you can see on the Vintage Fashion web site. After photographing those, we took some portraits of Kaline in her dance costume, trying out different elegant poses. This was my favorite, as it matched the dramatic lighting perfectly.
Picture of the Month – September 2002
Photographing outdoors in Humboldt County is always a challenging task due to the unpredictable weather. After a recent long string of absolutely gorgeous autumn weather, I thought it would be great to schedule an outdoor shoot with Kaline, who I had worked with a couple of months before. The day started out sunny but by the time we arrived at our chosen location the fog had rolled in, so we rolled with it. Kaline practiced her ballet moves in a fog enshrouded lagoon, and the series had a very ethereal feel to it.
Picture of the Month – July 2002
Kaline found us through the vintage fashion web site and always dreamed of being a Victorian lady. Being tightly cinched into a corset usually cures one of that dream.