This morning was the beginning of a weekend visit of Ingrid and Miranda to Shenstone, a friend's place 40 minutes from Moncton. I'd hoped to start photographing first thing in the morning, but it had rained quite heavily during the night, and I awoke to find the world rather damp.
Not wanting to lose the morning's photography time, I decided to explore the extensive garden with my macro lens, and make what images I could. The above photograph of a butterfly,is probably the biggest surprise from the morning's explorations.
Eventually, the models emerged, and we discussed the options; the day continued with spots of rain and occasional downpours, so extended sessions or walking far afield was of the question. Eventually we decided to hop in the rental car and drive around, looking for settings that appealed. Eventually we found an isolated field overlooking a small valley, and set about making some photographs. The portrait of Ingrid, above, is one of the few that really stood out from the first set of photos.
After working with Ingrid for some time, I wanted to make a set of portraits of the two women; we shifted from using the nearby woods as a backdrop to placing the more abstract view over the valley behind the two models. Ingrid stood on a stump to get high enough to stand behind Miranda, and th above portrait, one of the best of the weekend, was created.
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