The Red Queen shoot I did last winter has been published this month in Giuseppina Magazine! I've waited nearly a whole year to be able to share these images with you. We had a really mild winter last year with hardly any snow. There was a little dusting now and then, but I wanted dramatic evergreen boughs laden with snow. I hoped time and again that the winter would not pass without at least one good snowstorm. Finally as winter was drawing to a close, I got my wish. An unexpected storm blew in and left a deep snowfall. I live in the Ozark Mountains. It is an area of rugged majestic beauty, unpredictable weather, and steep windy roads with steep and dangerous drop offs. They don't salt the roads here and there are rarely guard rails along the roads. This makes any amount of ice on the roads treacherous at best. Erin lives almost 10 miles from my house and I didn't have 4 wheel drive, so Erin and her mother decided to drive through sleet and snow to come to my house for the shoot. I grew up driving on snow and ice in Minnesota, but these roads are something different and I would have been to terrified to attempt such a feat!
I knew I had wanted to use a dramatic red tone against the pure white snow. I had about a half an hour to pull everything together. Luckily I had a gown, (actually a negligee) in the proper color of red, and a velvet cloak I had made. I found some feathers and beads to make a simple headdress. I did her hair and makeup, then I finished the look with a necklace made by my husband David Rush. You can check out his amazing jewelry and flame painted copper here: www.davidrushcopper.com
Erin stood barefoot in the snow in a flimsy gown for at least 45 minutes without complaint! I had set down a towel for her to stand on, but she declined. She is one tough cookie! After the shoot we warmed up with hot chocolate I made from scratch and it was a lovely way to spend a day!
You can preview the magazine and purchase copies here: Giuseppina Magazine, Issue 16 Arctique
Well...Ok, maybe she was a little bit colder than she admitted......
Some more great shots from the session!