I took this shot towards the end of my first planned modeling session. The “studio” was my family farm which netted me quite a large outdoor playground. However I was also battling the elements as this was taken in early spring in Wisconsin.
Our springtime here can sometimes be an extended winter before summer returns. The weather was a little chilly but the sun was shining, the snows had melted, and the breezes were light. Overall the day had some pleasant weather until the end. As we were making our way back from one of the vacant fields, I noticed a storm rolling in fast. Dark clouds were already billowing on the horizon and the wind had began to pick up. I had at best a good half hour before we were covered in rain or snow… or both because, you know, Wisconsin.
The inspiration behind this shot came from a photo of actress Tilda Swinton I once saw that struck me. We were running out of both light and time so my model and I made the best of a bad situation and lined up in front of my families old barn. I really wasn’t all that excited about the choice of background at the time, but with the heavens ready to be unleashed on your model and gear, you take what you can get. Armed with my trusty Helios 44-2 and Kodak Portra 400, I fired off my shot. Nailed it.