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Chasing a White Christmas

A few weeks ago a concept for a Christmas-themed shoot popped into my head, and boy was I excited! I've never done this type of shoot let alone work with a model. My idea was to have someone wearing a medieval style dress/gown and an antler headdress, moving mystically through a snow covered forest. The conditions were perfect with freshly dumped snow on nearby Mt. hood, but I only had a few days to execute it as I would be on my way back to San Francisco for Christmas. I won't go into detail how I attempted, got frustrated, and failed to craft my own antler headdress. Although, I will tell you how I was able to pull it off with a little scrambling and with the help of a few good friends.

The night before the scheduled shoot, I was out celebrating my birthday and throwing out thoughts to Silas and Natalie. They connected me with a model, Abby, whom I've met before. She knew that I had never done a shoot with an actual model before, but was enthusiastic about meeting up with me the next day. I left my gathering early to rush home and make sure my make-shift antlers were ready to paint. Paint away, I did.

The next morning, I woke up early to check on the antlers that now, had magically been transformed into a pair of gigantic gingers. Nope, nope, and nope. It wasn't gonna work. During the winter days of Oregon, the light does not stay out to play very long. I ransacked my brain to come up with solutions. A few hectic hours laters, Abby and I came out of Helen's Pacific Costumers with our props and rushed out to the mountain. Below are the results and I couldn't be anymore ecstatic to share them with you! Big thanks to Abby for being a great model to work with. Check out her Instagram account.