Rain?, We are New Englanders and Photographers, rain won’t stop us!
Ok, so the weather was not ideal, but the energy of Bud Thorpe, the staff and the participants were perfect. We were all in this together. Everyone who said they were going to attend did. Hooray!
It was a long day, I had been asked to lead a shoot for a dog portrait and a horse portrait.
Little Miss Fiona, a French Bull Dog was my first subject, she is still one of the cutest dogs I have photographed, she made a great model for all the photographers. Her Mom, Sue was a great dog handler for us as well.
I had come up with a concept shot days before, gathered my props and brought them to the farm. Now if you have not yet heard of the “Down on the Farm” shoot, this is a big annual event that The SOPHA ( thesopha.com) holds in Deefield, NH. Huge I tell you. Huge. If you are a photographer, no matter what you shoot, The SOPHA had a concept for you. 12 to be exact. From an old fashioned fishing dock with two little boys, a lemonade stand, Food, High School Senior, Fashion, Gangsta Car, Revolutionary War Rein-actor, Bride and a Wedding Carriage, Dog, Horse etc! Phew!
Back to my concept, Tea Party. Good old fashioned tea party, with Fiona and her girl.Feather boas, flowers for the table and a beautiful background! This shot was set up with one light, outdoors. I really think the shot came together well.
We moved on to another concept, bails of hay, Each photographer stood in line for each concept and took turns shooting Fiona. I was exhausted at making sounds to get her attention. But we did it with the help of Sue.
My idea for a Horse portrait did not go as planned, we had to move location, but hay, you just have to go with it! The every professional and handsome Smokey was our model, he did fantastic. Was very calm and patient for all the photographers to “get” their shot.
Above is Erica and Smokey, adorable!
That’s it for today folks, I hope you enjoyed the photos!