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Vanity in the Woods- Hey Pretty! Beauty Scioto Audubon Stylized Photoshoot Columbus Ohio

 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!

Transformation Tuesday- Model Maegan, 10 years of shooting and sneak peak Hey! Pretty beauty Shoot

I have mentioned it before, but in light of some awesome images I have recently captured of her, I had to mention it again. Maegan Furst was my very first, and long time, fashion model. We started shooting in 2007 and she didn't even blink when I asked her to do weirdo things, like wear a bridesmaid dress into a pond or wear an evening gown pumping gas (all on film and a story for another time, haha). This girl has never second guessed a concept, nor turned down an invitation to shoot. I am very thankful that she let me practice for so long on her. She is a chameleon, and even more so now that she is honing her makeup artist craft with Hey! Pretty Beauty and on her own, as well. She has always been an artist; clay, paints, makeup. She is also the one who helped me become the artist I am today, both indirectly with her encouragement, and directly with her influence and ideas.

 I wanted to share some of the first images we EVER shot together. I am not even sure of the event, but we were at a birthday or something like that at Blendon Woods Metro Park and I happened to have my camera. And so we shot. And traipsed through the woods. And probably got a tick or two. We thought they were SO good. Ha. Ha. They were an interesting first try, that's for sure! And to contrast them with what we are both capable of nowadays? Forget it! There is no comparison!

Maegan was my one and only exclusive "model" until about 3 years ago. I only otherwise shot weddings, seniors, and families up until that point. Now, when I shoot Maegan, I am confident we will get images more intuned with the artists that we are now! 

The images above are of a stylized shoot we did together with Hey! Pretty Beauty recently to celebrate their feature in The Knot's Best of Weddings 2016! The feature on The Knot website will be out this spring and I'll be sharing the images we shot of the feature model soon! Maegan has grown as an artist in the makeup artist world and I am very proud of the work she is doing. It was also her 30th Birthday over the weekend, you should probably tease her for it! (I give you permission!)

 

The gown Maegan is wearing is from Columbus couture designer, Cierra Lauren. Maegan did her own makeup, but does do makeup with Hey! Pretty Beauty. Sam Antics, founder and owner of Hey! Pretty, did Maegan's hair. 

Short Hiatus- Throwback Thursday- Vanity in the Woods Audubon Shoot

Being a photographer is sometimes a lot of hurry up and wait. It is certainly that way when it comes to publication. Sam Antics, the owner of Hey Pretty Beauty!, styled this amazing bridal shoot in the middle of the woods back in the summer. We carted, well carried, a heavy wood vanity and tons of props into the woods alongside the Scioto Audubon Metro Park in Columbus for a beautiful setting. But it was ungodly HOT. There was the slightest breeze and thankfully most of the models had at least one lingerie look in their wardrobe for the day to try to stay cool! 

The light coming through the canopy was quite nice but was a challenge at times, too. The shoot turned out beautifully, but unfortunately, not many people have seen the resulting images because of delay in publication. 

But I couldn't hold out any longer on this one particular image. This edit wasn't going to make it into a bridal magazine, but I love it anyway! This is a "Dark Beauty" type edit and is a merge of two separate images. Let me know what you think!

Psst.... this image was released exclusively on Tumblr earlier today as a "first look." If you're not following me over there, you might be missing out on exclusive/early content!