June 17, 2019

Esme Models at the Coast (High Head, Nova Scotia)

As I mentioned in my first outdoor session of 2019, this spring has been wet and cold; as a result, I have done little outdoor work with models, so when Esme was available, and the weather was promising, I enthusiastically headed to the coast for an evening of photography!
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The rocky Atlantic shoreline of Nova Scotia is just a delight to work with, and shortly into the session, I came across a large rock pool perfect for working with - set high above the ocean, the pool was deep black in colour, and created a dramatic division of the rocks around it. Esme and I worked in the space for almost 30 minutes, working with portraits, reflections, and reclining poses, but the above image, with a brilliant reflection of the sun balancing against the empty pool surrounding Esme is definitely my favourite.
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As the session progressed, the number of spaces in shade increased, and by 1/2 way through the session, we were able to start working with soft light, as well as evening sun. This composition was created looking straight down upon Esme - as we refined the pose, she started arching her body, and for this image, I asked to to twist as much as she could - creating a wonderfully sinuous line to her torso in the process.
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The above photograph is easily the most sculptural image I made during the session - the delicate descriptions of Esme's figure by the soft light was incredible, and the two tones of the rough granite she was posing upon creates the perfect setting to place her in.
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The final images of the session were focused on worked with reflections of the evening sky in rock pools in from the coast; it took some time before we could actually make the images however, as several hikers were out enjoying the evening, and we had to wait for them to head back towards civilization before making the images. By that time, the sky had changed some, but fortunately for us, there were still enough high clouds catching the setting sun's light to create the magic we had seen before. It was a little challenging for Esme to find spaces to pose within the dark water, but with some care and patience, she found spaces she could work with, and a beautiful set of photographs was born!
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This portrait of Esme was one of the last images of the session - the sun was setting, and the reflection on the rockpools was brilliant and bright. I asked Esme is she'd stand in the middle of a large rock pool with the reflection surrounding her, and stretch her hands out onto the surface of the water - and this portrait was born.

The hardest part of writing this blog entry has been selecting the images - in the three-hour session Esme and I made some really lovely images, and yet I usually post only 3 per blog post. As a compromise, I have posted 5 - and another set (with one repeat) to my Instagram account.

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