Oh Valentine's Day
A time of commercially motivated statements of love that get people so damn excited. For others (like me), not so much. I've always been one that feels your loved one's should feel it everyday not just Feb 14th, but I get it. It's nice to celebrate the love you share with someone. Just don't turn it off when the clock strikes midnight kids.
Valentine's Day is also a time of really stereotypical photoshoots filled with hearts, couples, and everything that so many photographers do EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. I usually just choose to not do anything related to this holiday but I had the opportunity to not only take advantage, but do it in a different way.
I contacted Crissie through Instagram and she was a delight to work with. Professionalism and being good with time go a long with me. Not only was she good with each, but she was also the one who came to me with the idea of doing an Anti-Valentine's Day shoot. I immediately got excited as I have never been one to be into the holiday anyway (if you couldn't already tell).
We decided our shoot would depict a young woman who's not too happy with her significant other on Valentine's Day. The reason? That's for you as the viewer to decide. Fill in the story for yourself. That's the beauty of photography and art. Depict particular emotions that grab and speak to the audience. Each audience member will connect and interpret the art in a different way and I love that.
We started the shoot in my dining room where Crissie is sitting down at the table in front of her "gifts" and a large kitchen knife. I think you can see where this is going.
This set was so much fun. Getting a model out of her comfort zone and showing emotion while cutting off the head of a stuffed frog was a challenge for both Crissie and I and I'm happy with the results.
For the second set, I wanted to have a photo that wrapped up the message of the entire shoot in one shot. This would depict Crissie waiting on her significant other to arrive with a little "surprise" of her own.
The third and final set is where the mood changes from anger to sadness. A point of realization and accepting the reality of the situation. This was another set that called for an emotion that's not always called for in an industry that that tends to promote just being "sexy". Crissie did very well in our shoot and I can't wait to work with her again in the future.