Christina reached out to me through Instagram to compliment my work, and I'm really glad she did! We talked for a little while before deciding that we had to collaborate. It took about two weeks of back and forth before we finally met up, but it was well worth the wait. When I pulled up to her house (having not yet met her) she invited me in and we chatted for a bit before heading out the door. It was so nice to be in the presence of someone so trusting and friendly to an almost complete stranger! She really set the tone for how the rest of the photo shoot would go right off the bat.
We went up to the Tantalus lookout area and just drove around until we found some cool spots along the way. The first little cove we found was awesome because it was completely protected by tree cover (since it was raining). Unfortunately, that also meant that it was a breeding ground for mosquitos. We both got absolutely destroyed by bug bites. After moving to a new spot in the grass and taking a few more pictures, I realized that there was a weird spot right in the middle of her forehead. Since it was so symmetrical being exactly in the middle, I thought it had always been there. Upon further inspection, I realized that she had been bitten by a mosquito on her face! Can you imagine? She was already nervous about being in front of the camera, and then she had to have a strong enough sense of self confidence to continue to model with a bug bite on her face! If it bothered her, I couldn’t even tell. Luckily, it was VERY easy to remove with Adobe Photoshop (which is why you won’t see a bug bite in any of these images). I’m very impressed with your reslience, Christina!
Another challenge we faced was the race against the sun. I think the sun ended up winning, but we still managed to get some low-light shots around the area. Thank goodness for the Sigma 35mm f/1.4! I very rarely use this lens, mostly because of it’s perspective and how close I have to get to the model for portraits. Wide angle lenses also aren’t the most flattering for portraiture, because when you are so close to a human subject, they tend to look wider than if you were far away from them with a zoom lens. Fortunately, the 35mm is a great lens for nature and landscapes, which was half of the reason we were out there.
Super glad this lady reached out to me through Instagram. She was a fan of my work, and I was a fan of hers! We decided to collaborate and it has been a lot of fun getting to know her through the process!