Portraits | Elena

On Boxing Day, I woke up around 11am, determined not to go shopping. I wasn’t really feeling like waiting in long lines, nor should I spend any money. And what a great idea. I noticed that it was sunny, with a tiny hint of fog. So a quick phone call later, my friend Elena and I were out on an impromptu photoshoot in this park in New West. I am SO glad we did it, otherwise I’d probably kick myself for having missed this EPIC light. Honestly, hands down, best light I have EVER shot in. Thanks Elena, for putting up with my slightly crazy behaviour when I saw this light. (Get ready for a slew of photos… Haha, I was reluctant to cull through blinking photos- that’s how great the light was…)

THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKED LIKE. All I did in LR was some brightness/contrast. No Photoshop overlay, NOTHING. AU NATUREL. Yeah.


This is what it looked like…

The mystical floating leaves.

Can I just say EPIC LIGHT?

Yes, she had a purple mask lying around. It was from a previous masquerade party!

Shameless self-plug: I made the headband! Concentric circles cut out of some polyester fabric, and held above a flame to encourage a bit of edge-curing. Then I sewed it together and glued to a headband πŸ™‚

I use this pose a lot, when I can find these fences. (The light made Elena’s skin SO beautiful!)

Oh, and I need to trademark this pose ;D

Work it, girl!

Fun on swings! πŸ™‚

It took many tries to capture the perfect hair-movement whilst swinging! πŸ˜€ GOT IT though!

This may be a little throw back to the 70s ;D

Some epic shoes that Elena bought in Romania. It was a little dangerous on the frosty ground. Haha.

(BEST. OUTTAKE. EVER) I love you, Elena! This makes me laugh so hard every single time…

This was what we were going for. Looking ecstatic whilst obtaining hair movement. And without a wind machine, all we could manage was Elena jumping, skipping, hopping and running toward me. Which explains the previous outtake photo!

After the sun disappeared behind a small hill, the fog really set in! Kinda eerie, eh?

This feels a little Ralph Lauren-ish… πŸ™‚

Elena is a tree hugger. Claims to be  tree-hugging since 1988!

Gorgeous light! πŸ™‚

Oh, last, we did a crazy 9-photo collage of Elena’s silly faces!

Thanks for getting ready in epic time and capturing the awesome light with me, Elena! I had a BLAST, and I will probably be comparing light to this day for years to come…

47 responses to “Portraits | Elena”

  1. the last set is so great, you had a lots of fun, I like the second one! and the light……….

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  2. Awesome images Sherry! I really like the shot where she’s showing her brown mittens! Oh, AND the sweet pic of the trees with the fog rolling in! Great job Sherry!

  3. OMG these are fabulous. The light is so yummy in every single shot. And, the styling…seriously, outrageously awesome!

    Oh, and I thought you looked familiar and then I realized I saw you on Sean’s blog- yay!

  4. Hi Sherry, gorgeous pictures! LOVE the light! Thanks for the blog comments! I actually used a Kubota action on that picture called edge blur modified

  5. Sherry these are gorgeous as usual! I love the second one where she is leaping in the air and the ones by the fence/on the fence. lol. What lenses did you use for this session? I love how creamy her skin tones are and how sharp the photos are. Great job!

  6. um. you KNOW i totally dig the light. OMG!!! πŸ™‚ love love love these shots! and you made that headband? do you sell and ship to australia? πŸ™‚ tee hee. xoxo happy new years!

  7. Oh my god. This whole time I could have SWORN I had subscribed to your page, but obviously I haven’t because I haven’t seen any of these amazing posts. I’m LOVING the light in this shoot. I mean, seriously – it’s PERFECTION. Your friend is absolutely beautiful, beautiful hair, beautiful skin – and her SHOES!!!!!!!! I want to steal them … and also – that hair band – can’t believe you made it, so creative and artsy of you πŸ™‚ Loving everything about this post!

  8. these are fabulous Sherry! i love her charisma and her outfit is dope!! not to mention those tights. my favorite is the one of her through the fence. awesome job! πŸ™‚

  9. Beautiful light!! Its so awesome that you were able to take advantage of it, and I’m glad you both had so much fun in the process! These are really great.

  10. This session is stunning! I mean the light is something every photographer dreams about. Well the model is stunning to, and what to say about the photographer! πŸ˜‰ Love the boots [from Romania you say? She was in my country? So cool!! :D] Ah, and the hair band is amazing too, love it! And the weather is astonishing… we had here a fog yesterday you could not see anything! Wonderful post to begin the year!

  11. Love it…The light was so beautiful and your friend is super gorgeous…Did you say you made the hair piece…Etsy girl..Etsy!!!
    HAppy New YEar

  12. These are my favorite from you! Totally, totally perfect Sherry! I am so happy you utilized the morning light and that your friend is so beautiful, even in the early morning! Sheez! These are awesome!!!!!

  13. that light is EPIC!!! what a fun shoot!!! happy new year sherry! glad i “met” you LOL! can’t wait to for realz meet next year πŸ˜‰

  14. OMG Sherry!! What a fun shoot!!! I wish my friends were as willing as yours! hahah! I love this session. Love, love, love the 6th one down – exposed PERFECTLY!!! I also really adore the 2nd to last one! and you are right….5th one from bottom is sooooo eerie!

  15. happy boxing day! i don´t actually know what boxing day is… but yours seems to have turned out quite nicely! πŸ˜‰

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  16. She’s obviously a fun model to work with!! And that light…everything you said about it was true. I missed most of it that day but did get to catch the last little bit before sun down. Epic is right!

  17. Not fair!!!! Our boxing day consisted of about 5mms. of ice all over everything and the inability to go more than three hundred metres without seeing a car in the ditch! Lovely, wouldn’t you say?!?!?!?! BUT…if I’m going to be envious of your weather…then I might as well confess my envy towards all of the glorious pictures too πŸ˜‰

  18. wow, those eerie trees looked fantastic
    and your friend’s high heels are killer. KILLER.

  19. hehe, I’ll probably be wondering why my skin doesn’t look so flawless in other pictures as well for years to come :). I’m so happy we got so lucky! And I really feel like the photoshoot screams prep, which is definitely not something I had anticipated would happen!

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