This month, I had a photoshoot with Lady Viper, who is a model and a performer. Lady Viper has a new costume to launch for her performances in 2019, and so this shoot was to get some images of the outfit in all of its glory. The costume was very elaborate and it took a full hour for Lady Viper to dress and to complete her make up. Fortunately she has a little pop-up dressing-room to use to prepare herself in peace and quiet from the passers-by.
Whilst Lady Viper was dressing, and after my camera was set up, I spent the time enjoying the ambience. There were some interesting birds to look at and a little squirrel with no tail, who amazed me by how agile he was in jumping about in the trees. The glade was a beautiful and peaceful place to be, although I found it really cold, and was worried about my lovely model having to come out and work in that temperature.
The look was so incredibly fantasy and Lady Viper sported an amazing set of butterfly-shaped Isis wings. The blue wings and blue hair set each other off beautifully, and the studded body-suit was a real eye-catcher. So much so, that I saw one dog-walker in the forest not remove his eyes from Lady Viper the entire time he was walking past, (or trying to walk past without falling over anything). He really was hilarious, and distracted me a little as I struggled not to laugh at him!
The day was a very dull day, with minimal light, and threatening to rain. The weather was freezing, and Lady Viper’s outfit provided absolutely no protection from the cold. The ground was muddy and the forest was chilly. Conditions were not ideal for me to take amazing images, as light is so important to photography and I had no mobile lighting with me. The conditions were so much worse for Lady Viper to do her bit, as the temperature plummeted as the shoot went onwards.
Despite a santa fun-run coming along, and a number of dog-walkers, runners and kids on bicycles, we managed to make good use of the glade in the forest. We had some tricky moments with some brambles, and some moss covered rocks, and also a large rock which did not want to stay stable whilst lady-Viper was trying to stand on it!
The light was not our friend that day and we didn’t get a huge amount of shooting time in. Just as well that the light faded though, as Lady Viper was frozen through by the time we stopped for the day. I had a little bit of a challenge with getting Lady Viper to agree to stop 🙂 but there was little choice. The light was going (gone), and it was so cold, I am not sure how she could still speak, even though we did stop for breaks for her to try and warm up during shooting.
The location we were in was fabulous. I remembered it from years before when I lived in the area, and it was so much better than I even remembered. I definitely need to go back there again for some more fantasy style shoots. I have a number of them in mind for 2019, and so, perhaps I will get a chance to shoot some of my ideas. I have come stunning images from this shoot, thanks to the creativity of Lady Viper in putting her costume together, her fabulous poses, and her resilience in working through less than ideal conditions.