Talia ~ Hamlen Woods

spring bouquet





talia h.-Untitled

white flower crown




I recently had the opportunity to take part in a stylized fashion shoot along with the very talented photographer, Carol MacGregor of Happy Gatherings Photography. While I’m not really interested in formal portrait work, the idea of a casual shoot in the woods on a beautiful day was something I couldn’t resist. And to be able to learn from Carol, there was no way I would pass this up! I discovered that this type of shoot is not unlike still life photography..choosing a theme, gathering props, finding just the right spot with beautiful light. We worked together, posting ideas on a shared Pinterest board and took it from there. The theme we came up with was “woodsy, dreamy, flower child”.  How lucky we were to find the perfect model in my niece, Talia…lovely and sweet and a real trooper as we shot her for over two hours that day! It certainly makes a difference when you love the model you are capturing. I have so much yet to learn, I’m very grateful to have Carol as a mentor and I look forward to working with her again.

The beautiful floral crowns were made by Petal Pushers Floral Studio
Vintage dress from Still Life Home Consignment

And please hop on over to Happy Gatherings Photography to view all of  Carol’s gorgeous professional images..you will be blown away!

31 thoughts on “Talia ~ Hamlen Woods

  1. wow, what a great and inspirational idea Susan, of course the pictures are wonderful. and i bet your niece had a ball,she a beauty!!All so very nice , i love 9 and 10 and the very last one. You’ve been a busy Bea:)

  2. Such glorious shots of a pretty young girl in a gorgeous setting. I love her green dress and ivy hair decoration and such a sweet and romantic bouquet. All are such a pleasure to look at!

    1. Thanks, Joe. No I did not use a reflector but probably should have..played a lot with different iso and white balance and made corrections during post processing. Skin tone is a whole new ballgame for me and I need to work on that.

  3. Susan, these are gorgeous! Talia is the perfect model and I’m sure she had the time of her life. But your photography is perfection itself! Well done, my friend.

  4. Lovely images, Susan…I especially like the one where your model has ivy in her hair and the background is nicely out of focus, and the one with the birds nest 🙂

  5. It looks like you and your niece had a ball. It shows in the marvelous images that came out of the shoot. It’s always good to stretch your talents a bit every now and then.

  6. This is such a lovely post. The photos of course are fantastic, along with the setting and light. She is a beautiful girl and how lovely that she shared her time and talent with you… And what a great learning experience for both of you.
    Susan you shine a light both behind the camera and in life in general. Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. My Mom is smiling on you.

  7. These are the most gorgeous portraits I have seen in a very long time…subject and light and green forest…all just perfect…You found the light and made it work for you. Your neice was wonderful and beautiful…of all these most stunning photo’s, and I love quite a few of them, my absolute favorite is the one where she is holding the bottom of her dress and the light is just passing through…so many wonderful shades and tones of green…can I say, “I’m green with envy”.

  8. Notwithstanding your beautiful niece, these are stunningly beautiful photos. I think the key to these kind of shoots is the planning. You’ve caught some beautiful golden light which truly enhances the look.

  9. You are an absolute pro! These are amazing. Your niece is gorgeous and you captured her perfectly. I’m particularly in love with the bleeding hearts bouquet.

  10. These totally blow me aaa, Susan! It’s hard to get a few beautiful images in a shoot, let alone a whole raft of them! You had a great model but you really made the most of her beauty, the light and the beauty of the environment! You must do more.

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