All you can do is make preparations, then you wait for that moment when all you have left is to make decisions.
When I take pictures it’s because I have an idea of what I want to achieve. I set a goal then I think about how I’m going to get there. I have a lot of goals stored up in my head just waiting for opportunity to be realized. One goal that has laid dark, dusty and dormant in the back of my mind for a few years is the idea of shooting nudity in the snow.
I’m excited about the concept because there is so much contrast and conflict in the composition. There is the clash of nudity versus outside. Then when you pile on working in the harsh environment it tilts the odds of it ever happening to almost right off the scale. Then there is contrast with the sleeping / dormant world under it’s blanket of snow versus the vibrant model rushing through poses.
Yeah, I really do think thoughts like this ;0)
Winter 2013 / 2014 was a cold and snowy one and it seemed like the right time for me to work on this goal. I think it was the day I got my car stuck in a snow bank at the bottom of my drive way and I was laying down in the snow digging out my car wheels that I really thought this would be a good time to try shooting snow nudes.
The high level logistics seem simple, I need location, model and snow. That seems pretty simple right? Serendipity Gardens was closed for the winter and it had at least a foot of snow cover. So that’s one and three taken care of. Now comes the human aspect finding someone who wanted to work on my project.
I used the website Model Mayhem to search availability notices, looking for people in the area looking for modeling jobs. I basically said this who I am, this is my idea, are you interested? After a couple of e-mails back and forth I booked Jillian R for two hours.