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A Woodland Bride with a Guest

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Part of the reason for going to Trentham on Sunday was to see my friend Yvette.  She doesn’t live there, but her father does and she often goes there for the weekend.  Her father is hoping to set up a studio for her so she has somewhere to paint.  How wonderful it will be for her to have a studio in Trentham, it is a beautiful part of Victoria, much as I imagine Daylesford was before it became so popular, which really ruined it.

Yvette is also a great muse and loves to let me take her photo.  She doesn’t mind the silly set ups I get her to do and just goes with it.  She has a couple of things that bother her, but we are working on those.

LeanneCole-yvette-20130922-5620I put this image up on Facebook on Sunday night.  This is something I want to do more of, the faceless bride.  We had planned on going to Trentham Falls to do photos, but that wasn’t possible, then she told me about this walking path that went into a wooded area, it was perfect.  I would love to go back to this area to do more.

LeanneCole-yvette-20130922-5640-2We realised that a bride needs a bouquet, there wasn’t much around, then we decided on the dead sticks, now when I look back on these, I can’t help thinking how perfect that idea was.   None of us really know who thought of it, but it did work so well.  It is something I would like to try more.

LeanneCole-yvette-20130922-5684Another faceless image.  This could become a theme, I don’t know yet.  We changed the clothing and gave her a new dress, of course it is not really a dress, just a couple of pieces of fabric.  I really like the way it turned out.

LeanneCole-yvette-20130922-5717-2The bride walking on the path, to where, I don’t know.  We did quite a few of these sorts of things.  I liked this one the best.  I need to work on some more bits and pieces for doing these shoots.  I’ve been making headpieces, and attaching flowers and veils and stuff.  I like making them, I might even try making some dresses.  Might.

LeanneCole-klara-20130922-5760-2My daughter also came, she did the driving.  She was also in charge of safety pins.  She was very good at it.  She wore her red coat all day and hang around us with the hood on, and I liked the look, so made her let me take her photo.  I really like the way it has come out, so does she, she wants me to get it printed for her.  She can be funny.

I am so glad I have started taking my bride series and can’t wait to do more.  I hoping that it will happen soon.  I have to get back to work now, I have photos from a session I did yesterday.  The couple that have hired me to take some photos at their wedding next month came over here so I could take some photos of them and see how they photograph before the big day.  I have processed one so far and I am pretty happy with the result.

I thought I might the above images into a gallery so you can just look at them on their own, or not, up to you.

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  1. I like the third one–it looks as if she is emerging, being formed, from the forest floor.

    September 24, 2013
    • I like that description, brilliant, thank you.

      September 24, 2013
  2. Stunning, Leanne! I love the darkness of the environment in contract with the whit fabric, and the bouquet of sticks is genius.

    September 24, 2013
    • Yes, it seems to work really well, I am glad you like the bouquet idea as well, thank you.

      September 24, 2013
      • You’re welcome. I can tell that you are having fun while being so creative with your models and locations.

        September 24, 2013
      • The creative aspect is something I really enjoy. I can see Yvette being a model for me a lot.

        September 24, 2013
  3. There is something almost sorrowful about her. It makes me think of a war bride, whose rushed nupitals left little time to savor…and now she remembers her special moment with her soldier, by herself. A solitary moment in the woods, remembering. That is what I see.

    September 24, 2013
    • Yes, perhaps, I really like that you have come up with your own story about this, I think that fantastic and thank you so much for sharing it with me.

      September 24, 2013
  4. So much powerful feeling with this collection Leanne. You truly are developing an art form. How did your entry into the art competition go?

    September 24, 2013
    • I hope so Emily, I am really starting to find me way, I hope so anyway. Thank you.
      I wasn’t accepted into the competition, unfortunately, it was as I imagined, it really is who you are, rather than what your work is. My turn will come.

      September 24, 2013
      • Oh Grrrrr…SNOBS !! We didn’t like them anyway right? So make your own competition and don’t invite them then. :-)

        September 24, 2013
      • I think it is pretty normal, they are really big ones, and you have to be showing and exhibiting for many years, or a few, and have some sort of reputation. Too much work to do my own, I am happy to continue doing my work and will try and get it exhibited and see what happens. As I said, my turn will come, eventually, it will just take a few years.

        September 24, 2013
  5. i love the dead stick bouquets and the one where she appears about to be floating or rising up from the forest floor.

    September 24, 2013
    • I think the dead sticks was a great idea, and so glad you like that one too, someone else mentioned it as well, saying something similar, fantastic, thank you.

      September 24, 2013
  6. Fairy tale time again :-) Love it.

    September 24, 2013
  7. Has a ghostly feel to it – LIKE!

    September 24, 2013
  8. I love that first one, and of course the one with your daughter :) love this style!!

    September 24, 2013
    • Thank you Amanda, I don’t mind saying that I really like this style too, I will have to see where it goes.

      September 24, 2013
  9. Wonderful shots. So nice your daughter thought so as well :)

    September 24, 2013
    • Thank you, hahaha, it is nice, she can be fun to photograph when she is in the mood, the problem is finding that mood.:)

      September 24, 2013
      • Aha yes my Mom was hard pressed to EVER FIND ME IN THE MOOD :)

        September 25, 2013
      • I use bribery, so if the younger one wants me to take her driving, is she willing to let me take some photos of her at such and such a place, or the other one, you want to borrow the car, well I want to borrow you. It is amazing when I do actually get them to pose for how much they love it. It works now, don’t know what I will do when they don’t have anything to bribe them will.

        September 25, 2013
      • :) Get all you can now!!!!!

        September 25, 2013
      • Haha, I will do my best.

        September 25, 2013
      • :)

        September 25, 2013
  10. love the lighting and contrast. amazing job! :)

    September 24, 2013
  11. Great photos! The first image is very eerie. It brings to mind Tim Burton’s “The Corpse Bride” (which is a very fine film). Very intense.

    September 24, 2013
    • That is really interesting, I like that, thank you, I might have to look for that.

      September 24, 2013
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    September 24, 2013
  13. Awesome series! :-) I particularly like the part with the dead sticks as a bouquet, it suits the moody atmosphere… Somehow these images make me think of the movie Sleepy Hollow, at least of the sinister parts out in the woods… And the third image is definitely my favourite because that’s were she looks so organically connected to the forest.

    September 24, 2013
    • Thank you, they do seem to bring up interesting ideas with people. I like that, though I haven’t seen that movie. It is interesting which one you like, as it was the one she liked the least, she thought it looked too much like a real bride. I like them all, though not too sure about the second.

      September 24, 2013
      • Though I can’t tell why you doubt the second, I know what makes me prefer the first and the third: I feel that those where her face is obscured work slightly better than those were it’s visible. To me it fits better with the overall mood. As for ‘Sleepy Hollow’, I guess I really was going for ‘Corpse Bride’ or generally Tim Burton movies, they all have an eerie fairy-tale-like atmosphere about them. :-)

        September 24, 2013
      • I did some things to the second that I don’t think quite worked, or maybe at this stage I am a little too close to the images. I have to agree, I like her face being covered, I like the idea that she has lost her identity because the face is gone. You know, someone else said that movie, and as I was replying to the comments last night, the woman I was staying with said, hey take a look at these dvd’s I got for three dollars each, and one was Corpse Bride, I will have to watch it now, it is a sign. So I will have to get back to you. Thanks again :)

        September 25, 2013
      • Though we do completely different kinds of images I understand that about the closeness. Sometimes they are too fresh in our minds to be judged, let’s say, impartially. At least that’s how I feel about mine ever and again.
        As for the movie, I’m really curious how you respond to it’s imagery. And no thanks needed, btw, I enjoy giving feedback like that. Get back to me anytime! :-)

        September 25, 2013
      • It can be hard sometimes, and sometimes you do need to take a big break, and just step back.
        I watched the movie and I totally get what you are talking about, I got lots of ideas, will have to watch it a few times to get some more, it was a fantastic suggestion, thank you. :)

        September 25, 2013
      • You’re welcome, that’s great to hear how much you got out of the movie! :-)

        September 26, 2013
      • It was great, I especially loved the veil and the scenery, really got my mind racing with ideas. :)

        September 26, 2013
  14. You ARE a Pre-Raphaelite. You have photographed a ‘waif bride’. Amazing, atmospheric. There must be a story to go with these pictures.

    September 24, 2013
    • Thank you, I seem to be so, I will have to think of one, I should have stories. I tend to just get an idea of what I want in an image, but maybe a story would help it more.

      September 24, 2013
  15. Dead stick were possibly better than any planned bouquet!

    September 25, 2013
    • In the end I think it worked out really well, it was also nice to use something from the environment that we were in that we could put back when we were done.

      September 25, 2013
  16. Pat #

    I love the idea of a barefoot, woodland bride with a bouquet of sticks! The portrait of your daughter in the red hooded coat is beautiful.

    September 25, 2013
    • Thanks Pat, it did seem to work really well, I didn’t want her to look to real, so the barefoot and sticks helped with that, I think. Ah the portrait of Klara, well, she loved it, so it has to be a good one, right?

      September 25, 2013
  17. Great series. You’ve captured a great mood.

    September 25, 2013
    • Thank you, it was good to get something done, a good start I hope.

      September 25, 2013
  18. Dove Seven Gold #

    Hi, these look great; I love the ghostly Gothic feel :)

    September 25, 2013
    • Thank you, someone else used the word gothic, wonderful. :)

      September 25, 2013
      • Dove Seven Gold #

        It is, it’s brilliant, you’ve captured the feel of so very well :)

        September 25, 2013
      • Thank you :)

        September 25, 2013
  19. I enjoy this series very much, Leanne.

    September 26, 2013
    • That is fantastic, I want to do more, maybe in a different place, working on that now.

      September 26, 2013
  20. Really a fine series here, Leanne…lots can be ‘read into’ the images. Sticks the only thing about? PERFECT!

    Love your daughter’s portrait (don’t know which, as I can’t keep them straight)! She is truly beautiful–please tell her!

    September 26, 2013
    • Thank you 1000, I love these series and want to do a lot more, Hoping to head down to the beach on the weekend to do more, with a different model, so different again, but similar theme. I thought the sticks were brilliant too.
      She is my younger daughter, loves having her photo taken sometimes.

      September 26, 2013
  21. Your daughter’s photo looks very much like a “Little Red Riding-hood” image, if you’re familiar with that children’s tale. She’s maybe a little older than the character in the story, but it’s a very striking image…very nice, Leanne.

    September 26, 2013
    • Yes, I know the tale Scott, you know, I think I realised that, but hadn’t quite made the connection, it is perfect of course, thank you for that.

      September 27, 2013
      • I thought it was very fitting….you’re welcome. :)

        September 29, 2013
      • :)

        September 29, 2013
  22. The first shot of this series is my favorite by far. It reminds me of a scene in the Tim Burton movie Sleepy Hollow. The muting of colors also helps create the moody atmosphere. Have you considered composing something like this where the bride is set in a slightly offset position, e.g. conforming to the rule of thirds? I’m thinking that might raise a few eyebrows. Thanks for sharing this, Leanne! :)

    September 27, 2013
    • A couple people have said that, and the other movie Corpse Bride, I have seen the latter, but not the former, I must see if we have it. I am enjoying breaking the rule of thirds and putting my models smack in the middle. I actually like the symmetry of it.Thank you.

      September 27, 2013
  23. A Red Riding Hood set with your daughter leaps to mind.

    September 27, 2013
    • Maybe, I don’t know, she would need to be in the mood, might ask her though.

      September 28, 2013
  24. Love these Leanne.
    A wishfulness about the young woman dressed as a bride .. a ritual on a certain eve to make a dream come true perhaps … in the photo 4 I even ‘see ‘ a ghostly shadowy kind of figure appearing to follow out of the distant ‘tunnel of light’ .. but know it’s just the shading … isn’t it ?? ;-)
    Your daughter makes a gorgeous Red Riding Hood as Scott mentioned …with something extra .

    October 1, 2013
    • Thank you Poppytump, I love hearing what people see in the images. It is quite a ritual, the whole bride thing, I did some more images, different model yesterday. I really like the theme. It must be the shading, there wasn’t anyone else there, unless of course I did catch a ghost bride, must go back and take a look, ;)
      My daughter was very happy with this one.

      October 1, 2013
  25. wow, you are good! I love these kind of photos that you make. A little creepy and scary. Keep up the good work!!!

    October 8, 2013
    • Thank you, that is great to hear, I am sure I will keep them up.

      October 9, 2013

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