I don’t usually shoot during the cold Winter months. The weather is more unpredictable, I don’t like subjecting a model to cold or discomfort if the shot’s not going to be worth it, and sunrise is later so there’s more likely to be people around at that time. Many moons ago in 2015 I had really wanted to shoot with an amazingly creative model called Fawnya, but as as usual I was so far planned in advance we couldn’t fit anything in. Then there was a prediction of a mini-heatwave in first weekend of November, so rather rapidly we arranged a shoot, and the Peak District was where I decided to go.
We started nice and early, and I love this shot of Fawnya on a beam at an old mine we visited. As well as Fawnya’s pose and the mine in the background I quite like the shadow of part of the mine workings in front of her.
We also visited an old building with some arches that she filled in rather nicely.
And I was able to get a bit of the background in with this window shot.
We had hoped to get lots of shots on the rocks in the Peak District, but unfortunately we were not the only ones that had seen the weather forecast, and the place was teeming with people trying to enjoy the last nice weekend before the Winter set in. Also given the short notice of the shoot I hadn’t been able to do as much research on locations as I normally do for shoots. We did find a relatively sheltered area and managed some shots on the rocks, but with the clear skies the light was a little more contrastier than I would have liked.
I quite like the shots we got, but for various reasons we never got to shoot together again. However, I was looking for a model for a nice long trip to the Highlands of Scotland this year, and as luck had it Fawnya was available and happy to join me. So finally we’ll be able to get some great location shots, and I’ve got a bit more time to sort out locations, in fact I’ve just about sorted them all in the past week.
Many belated thanks Fawnya for that shoot in 2015, and I can’t wait to see what we can do this year, I’m really looking forward to working with you again.