So let's get into the details. I am in a Freelance Photography course this semester that assigns a variety of different topics for us to shoot (fashion, sports, food, product, fine art, etc.) and then sets us free to work on these projects. For my fashion assignment, I wanted to work with a friend, but someone who I know has experience modeling, so I asked my dear friend, Katie Shuy. She has modeled for me before as my beautiful ballerina for a project I did two years ago. She also happens to work at Cloth & Crown, the most adorable little boutique in downtown Missoula.
So, on one of the most beautiful Sunday afternoons that March could offer, we headed down to the studio at Rocky Mountain School of Photography with clothes from Cloth & Crown in tow. We set up one huge light to keep it simple and create a flattering softness. My sweet friend Bess Brownlee, another fellow photographer, arrived to help hold reflectors and just be kind. We shot for almost three hours, and every single minute was beautiful.
Huge thanks to Katie Shuy for being an extraordinary model. Thank you immensely to Cloth & Crown and Jenna for sharing some gorgeous outfits. And thanks to Bess for helping out. You are all wonderful.
Preface: Before you scroll down, take a peek at Richard Avedon's fashion work, to see what inspired me. He is an incredible portrait photographer, and I have always loved his simply lit black-and-white-on-grey fashion shots. My photos are kind of a tribute to his work. (They're not as crazy-cool as his, but they're very classy.)
Disclaimer: These are not sepia-looking in my folder, but some of them look extremely sepia on this post. I am going to re-post the photos again after re-exporting and maybe that will fix it, but in the meantime, I still want you to see the photos. Just imagine them with pure blacks.