It’s funny for me to watch Applehead Studio evolve and take it’s own shape based simple on the best way to have fun while we work. While I used to go out and shoot like a madman, proof 100 or so images and sell a big collection of 75+ images, now when we do these creative shoots we’re trying to create anywhere from 1 to 10 shots. That’s it. Our last few table sessions resulted in 1 to 2 final shots on canvas. I look at it this way, if it isn’t a wedding and you’re looking for photos of a family or couple you’ve got a few options. You can sit in front of a backdrop and give your photographer total control over your family photography or you can completely throw yourself into the project and make it about you. Either way you’re probably only going to hang a few images (most likely 1) and when it’s done right, all you need is one cool Facebook photo to impress your friends.
Katie + John wanted to do a Fearless Bridal shoot in the woods. They live outside of Halifax and spend a lot of time outside. Katie is the cutest thing you’ll ever meet. All smiles and giggles. John is ready and willing to do absolutely anything for some good photography. So we wanted to do something completely out of character for them. Something dark with less smiles and giggles (on camera at least). They brought their A game. They brought red paint and they brought the bows and arrows. They made this shoot easy.
I wanted to stick with the ‘woman as the leader of the family’ approach with this shoot again and since I’ve always loved the ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ direction of the wedding vows…this is what we came up with.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the time to tell you how incredible my assistant is. It’s early November, 6pm and Steph (and John) slips into chest high water to grab a few shots. She’s 5 foot nothing and a hundred and nothing pounds yet she hauls lights, tripods and bags upon bags of gear 5km into the woods and never complains. She works long hours with me every time we do something for free for someone and never looks to be paid. Marse and I are very lucky to have Steph work with us and the girls love playing with her too. She is messy as hell, her desktop is cluttered and she drinks copious amount of pop and leaves empty cans on the desk…but we get over it. She’s worth it.