She still thought she might be dreaming as she beheld the magical waters in the space beyond the Door. A hand touched her arm, and she turned in alarm. Behind her, she found another child–but one whose rainbow eyes glowed with magic. The Waif looked at her measuringly and then led The Girl to the forest edge. “Follow that road. And stay on the path. Not all magic is good magic.”
This shoot goes down in the books as one of the crazier ones. It was shot back-to-back with another set of images to come later. The original plan was for me, my makeup artist Luna, Lily, and Megan (my Waif) to meet outside my place of work after said work so we could all carpool across the Cosway to the Yolo Bypass. The first hiccups in that plan came around when varying people hit different levels of traffic and got delayed. Oops. Also, the Waif’s original costume somehow didn’t make it into the van. Theresa, Lily’s mother and my brilliant costumer, had random pieces in her van–because of course she did!–and cobbled together a new outfit on the spot. In the end, it turned out to be even better than the original costume because it more emphasized my Waif. You’ll see more of this costume later; these images don’t do it justice.
Luna arrived and got started on Megan’s makeup. Very minimal, mostly to give her a dirty/smudged effect that did not involve actual dirt. (However, kudos to Megan’s mom for the fabulous quote “Eh, a little dirt never hurt anyone!”) Then, while Luna did some prelim makeup on Theresa for the other shoot, I checked my traffic app to see how it would look to get to the Bypass because it was already 5:00, and we were fast losing light.
Did I mention this was a Friday? Oops, I can see the Sacramento natives wincing now. Yep. Friday. At 5:00. Rush hour. On I-80. The app basically said “Nope, you’re screwed!”
So what’s a photographer to do when she has an hour of light left, and a deadline? She takes everyone across the street because, luckily, her work office is across from an untamed and empty lot that could serve as the perfect starter backdrop since she was already going to do digital magic later. Score!
I love working with Lily, obviously, but I love working with Megan as well. Like Lily, she gets what I’m asking for when I say I need her to do something or another. These kids take direction better than some adults! (I feel compelled to mention that, in the background of us doing photos, Theresa is still getting makeup, and Megan’s mother and my mine are running herd on Megan’s two little sisters, one of whom seemed to be kinda getting jealous of her big sister getting all the photos. Shhhh. This is a secret, but I hope to use Nica (said sister) later as well!)
Once the girls were done, I worked at lightspeed with Theresa with what little light remained. These photos . . . wow! I can’t wait to share them, but since I’m posting these in story order, you’ll have to wait through another set before we get there. Next on the list is a dancing faerie!
And, since I was asked, here are bigger views of each individual frame from the triptych.
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