This set (or at least part of it) was originally published in a vegan magazine, My Fil Mag, as a feature for Hey Pretty! Beauty about their strict cruelty free mission concerning the products they use and for which they advocate. These images were shot in July 2016, and were being held for publication. However, I am releasing them for the Spring 2017 season anyway!
The mastermind behind the styling of this Vanity in the Woods set was Sam, and we did our best to bring her vision alive. A few weeks prior to the shoot, Sam and I went traipsing through the Audubon Metro Park in search of the best spot to shoot the Vanity set. When we originally went location scouting, it was Spring-ish, and not all that hot yet. That comes into play later, but we shot in JULY.
On the day of the shoot, myself (strong-armed into also modeling that day) and the other models were made up at a salon ahead of time. Hair and makeup complete, we loaded up the cars and a truck. A truck? Yea, a truck to haul the HEAVY vanity and mirror into the woods. Myself and the rest of the set producers (which is just a fancy term for "carrier of things on a photoshoot set"), models, and photographers trudged through the high grass to set up the vanity and the mirror. The grasses had gotten much higher since the original scouting mission.
After setting up our beautiful main scene, we began shooting. It was stiflingly hot, but the makeup done by the Hey! Pretty Team LASTS! I was wearing a nightie while shooting since it was so hot. It was one sight to see on the bike path of the Audubon, 5 ladies out in the woods with these outfits on! We also had hand-felted veils from Celeste Malvar-Stewart Collection: Verano Bridal. The initial meeting to pick up the veils was a step out of my comfort zone. I had not yet met Celeste at the time and was aware of her exceptional work. Eventually through working with her on a few more projects and with in-person interactions, I have become encouraged by her in a personal and professional capacity. I was very nervous to be handling and be responsible for a strangers prized one of a kind designs, not to mention items worth a lot of money that I knew we'd be using in the woods!
The whole team received a lot of bystander "encouragement" as we worked our little makeshift "middle of the woods" scene while often surrounded by trail bikers and the occasional group of bird watchers. I had to have a spotter while I stood in the middle of the path shooting as to not be run over by a quickly passing cyclist. All in the name of art, right?!
This shoot was a collaboration between all of those involved and I would be remiss to not mention the other photographer who was also shooting. Matt Bricker, with Bricker Photographics, with whom this group has worked with in the past, was also shooting and has some additional images on his site as well!