I love it when things fall into place. I found this dress at a local thrift store. It was obviously handmade, with strange stitching mistakes, no tag, and a whole lotta personality! I fell in love with it and bought it several months ago, knowing it might not fit me, but it would certainly be wonderful in photos. Then came the perfect day for photos and apparently the perfect woman to wear the dress. Audrey is also a photographer. We decided to meet for a sunset photo session. Our first stop was Morris Avenue in Birmingham. Sometimes, this is the absolute worst place to photograph because it’s used by so many people for portrait sessions, but there are other times that if you look very carefully, you’ll find opportunities you didn’t even know were there, like this interesting rusty metal wall and the wonderful streetlight.
We decided to take advantage of the beautiful sunset and find a location that really accentuated it. We searched for a place that would provide bokeh- that wonderful, out-of-focus, mystical looking light you see in the background of many of these photos was what we were after. The sun flares were an added bonus! We also found beautiful mimosa trees, which are some of my favorites!
There’s something about the colors and street setting about this next image that reminds me so much of an Edward Hopper painting. Opposed to my normal inclination, I chose to edit it in cool tones because they really spoke to me. First, take a look at one of the paintings that made me think of the correlation, New York Office. You’ll see my image directly underneath.
This last image is a Photoshop composite, which resembles the layered images I used to make in the darkroom with film. Photoshop is a pretty amazing tool.
Audrey was an incredible subject, and our explorations together released a powerful punch of endorphins!