So while we were all bunkered down in our toilet paper forts ordering obnoxious amounts of take-out, my mind was currently running on boredom and copious amounts of caffeine. Normally when I’m photographing and working full force (non-stop sessions & weddings), I don’t really have too much time, if any at all to spend on creative shoots. It sucks, but it’s the reality. Don’t get me wrong – I wouldn’t trade it for anything because working with clients adds fuel to my fire, but as an artist, it’s something that we need sometimes. So during quarantine, my mind was coming up with creative shoot ideas like you wouldn’t believe. One of them, being this one.
This idea sprouted one day as I was browsing Etsy, and came across Wild & Free Jewelry’s advertisement for their Passions of the Heart Fairy Butterfly Crown. Once the general idea of creating a butterfly crown came into play, I stormed through trusty old Pinterest for some more inspiring ideas. Once I got the idea together, I knew that I definitely wanted Nadine, the owner of Lancaster Flower Co., to model for me. Nadine has modeled for me before, and it is always such a pleasure working with her. She just has this awesome spirit that radiates through photos. Plus, she’s the ultimate master of the fake laugh.
I also wanted to work with Lionel Adriano, co-owner and make-up artist at Revolve Atelier in Lancaster. The way he exposes ideas through makeup (as well as his flawless application), is just absolutely stunning, and always holds up on hot & humid days. Luckily, both of them were absolutely ecstatic about this shoot idea, and without them I don’t think it would have even happened.
Fast forward to shoot day, Nadine and I had a rather interesting experience, and is a pure example of why when shooting, you always need to be vigilant of your surroundings. We captured this shoot at Memorial Lake by Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania. A spot I frequent quite often because of its versatility when shooting. Anyway, there’s a little creek that runs out from the dam, which was where we were shooting at the time of our unfortunate experience. As I’m photographing Nadine, she says “Uhm, I have to ask you something. Well, it’s more of a statement.” So I responded and she goes, “don’t look now, but I think there’s a man up there with his pecker out.” My eyes got wide as I looked at her, and I casually turned around to look. Sure enough there was a man standing at the top of the bridge, overlooking the dam, who was masturbating while watching us shoot. I, along with Nadine, was absolutely horrified. I figured the best course of action was to make our way back to the car. We didn’t have much to protect ourselves with, unless you counted the crown I made for Nadine to wear, which was actually quite sharp and sturdy. So we had that going for us. Luckily the man didn’t try to follow us back to the car, and once the shoot ended, Nadine reported the incident to the police – so fingers crossed that nobody else had to experience that scenario. If you’re a photographer, this is one main reason to always stay vigilant, keep some pepper spray or a taser with you, and to always be aware of your surroundings.
Besides that awkward incident, the shoot went extremely well, and I was so proud of the images I was able to capture – so here are a few of my faves.