I’m a firm believer in community over competition. I believe that good businesses build other businesses up with encouragement. So it should be no surprise to anyone when I talk about working with my friend and fellow photographer, Jasmine.
Last fall, while visiting family in Indiana, Jasmine arranged a seriously fun, creative, photo-filled morning for us. Hanna, Jasmine’s friend, modeled for us with her natural, raw talent. Our resulting photos were the bomb (literally, we used smoke bombs).
I’m originally from Martinsville, IN, so I had suggested the Morgan-Monroe Forestry as a location. I had spent a lot of evenings at the lake and on trails, so it feels almost like home to me (although not as much like home as the creek near my parents’ house!). Even though we had our general location, we didn’t have the exact locations mapped out.
So we went on an adventure! We drove around until we found places to stop and take photos. In my opinion, this is the best way to do photoshoots – although maybe not the most practical. It’s also a great way to location scout.
The first place we got out to shoot was Jasmine’s find. This. Field. I was admittedly very nervous because I thought maybe we were trespassing, but no one said anything so it’s probably all good. And SO worth it! The sky was perfect, Hanna was perfect, and everything was just perfect. PERFECT. I had Hanna flip her hair around about a gazillion times (sorry, Hanna) to get all that movement that I love to capture in my photos.
The next place we stopped was by Bryant Creek Lake. This is the place I normally stop and hang out while spending time in the forestry. It’s so peaceful and there’s normally not very many other people around.
While at the lake, we decided to break out the smoke bombs. Yeah, Jasmine graced this photo session with smoke bombs. They were magical. Thanks for that, Jasmine.
I think the orange smoke bomb was my favorite. It contrasts so well against the natural greens of nature! Hanna pulled off the best look for these photos too. Straight out of a fairy tale.
The yellow smoke bomb looked pretty stellar too though. Basically, if you’ve ever thought of investing in some smoke bomb photos, this is me telling you to do it. The smoke lasts about 90 seconds, which is plenty of time to get an amazing shot. Just make sure you discuss beforehand what you want your client/model to do when the smoke bomb goes off!
On the opposite end of the lake are some steps (which you might recognize from these photos). Hanna quickly did a wardrobe switch and we snapped some photos here. I wasn’t expecting the light to look as amazing as it did, but I’m not mad about it.
The last place we stopped for photos was the infamous Stepp Cemetery. Supposedly haunted, I actually had a field trip to this cemetery in high school during my Mythology class! It was during school hours, so not quite as creepy as it possibly could have been. I’ve heard tons of creepy stories about this small cemetery and I just wanted some creepy photos to post for Halloween.
We tried out a purple smoke bomb, but we bet on the wrong direction for the wind. No one wants photos where you can’t tell what’s what!
The weather here is warming up and looking at these photos has me itching for some more photo adventures! Let’s get out there and take some amazing, fantastical photographs! Contact me to get something set up; I’m as excited as you are! 😀
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