I have a bulletin board in my studio, that holds all kinds of relevant things, enty forms, shipping box size charts, but most importantly inspirational images.
These images are the basis for the feeling I wanted in my new round of paintings. This is where I start, at the end. Now how am I going to get there?
Person; I hired one of my favorite models, Harley, to help me achieve my goal.
Place; This one was a little more difficult. Where within a 30 mile radius could I find a location with a 1920’s – 40’s look? Neighborhoods, interiors, museums…..yes….our Clark County Heritage Museum has a transplanted street of houses from that era.
Going out to the location before hand, seeing the actual layout as well as things like what direction the sun was coming from, where the restrooms were, all very helpful information in formulating a plan.
Thing; the props. This is the fun part. The museum had a train station, so retro luggage was high on my list. I asked around and bingo….my friend Judy had some old luggage that she generously lent me.
Old gloves, my neighbor Carol had a great pair of cream colored short gloves.
Vintage style dresses, yes the Goodwill is my go to fashionista boutique. Found a variety of things that could work. For my esthetic, keeping the value in mid range and tones muted works best.
Farm related props , a bonus, the museum also had a relocated barn; metal pails, work gloves, the apron I made for the my painting in the previous post.
Now I was ready to make the plan. Using the snap shots from the previous visit I layed out a simple story board of each location and what props were needed.
Knowing the layout I was able to make the best use of time, keeping clothing changes to a minimum while getting maximum impact. This also helps to keep me on track. Otherwise it’s easy to lose focus, go in another direction, spending way to much time.
Having an assistant, my husband John, was a super help, to not only assist with carrying everything but working with my portable lighting when it was needed.
On the day of the shoot we experienced the expected, a beautiful day, and the unexpected, two school bus loads of kids, but it all went well and I was very happy with the photos I took.