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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Crane bird project

Merriam-Webster dictionary describes the crane as a majestic tall thin, wading bird with magnificent wing span. The model which I created this shoot exclusively for fits this description absolutely. And I imagine she will be wading in her own success because of her magnificent personality. For several weeks I worked on the details of this project. To include outsourcing, a first for me, the construction of a huge production of paper crane birds (see blog: Raising the Crane, Dec 29, 2011). Another important detail about this shoot was the hand-made dress, designed by Akari Kanazawa, also a model whom first introduced me to the dress back on February 16, 2011 when I did a photo shoot with her wearing it. The whole idea about the crane shoot came about from my browsing the London Couture Vintage boutique and seeing the crane feather hat. I immediately thought about that dress, and wondered how could I make the two items work together? However, what wasn’t working with me was the weather, delay after delay, incident after incident. Finally, unable to stand another delay, I cancelled the location shoot due to the pouring rain that just wouldn’t let up, and proceeded with shooting everything in studio. When my young model arrived with mom in tow, I knew this was going to be a good shoot. My young model is quite the comedian, but when it was time to shoot all the joking ended and she became the crane I needed her to be, nailing her poses so accurately I didn’t even bother checking the shot for several frames. Like a well rehearsed script she slips in and out of different poses and moods, with identical matches to what I am thinking, with my only having to give very little instructions. This girl is ready for the majors and you don’t have to take my word for it. Just remembered what I said here and watch what the fashion blogs will be saying. By the time the shoot ended, I was more than satisfied with what I had on my flash card.The first image is unedited. I have never posted an unedited model photo anywhere that I can recall other than to my hard drive, but that is how good I felt about this shoot and about this model.


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