One of my favorite stories growing up was the book 'Alices Adventures In Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll. The magic and pure whimsey of the story and it's companion stories "Through The Looking Glass' and 'Alices Adventures Underground' fueled my imagination as a child, and I consider Lewis Carroll as a source of inspiration for my work. I still have a leather-bound copy of his collected works to this day, and revisit it from time to time. The stories never get old.
This photoshoot took place on a pretty late winter day at Black Bass Lake in Eureka Springs AR. Eureka is one of the most magical places in the US, so there is no shortage of wonderful places to explore. Black Bass Lake is one of the cities water sources nestled in a deep ravine filled with natural beauty. The model in these photos is my friend Kerry Sparks, an amazing sweet lady with a bright future in fashion modeling ahead of her. I created the bird nests for her hair. At first she wasn't so sure about the idea, but I think it turned out well in the end. Hair and makeup artistry was done by Courtney Peter, who is a recent graduate of Paul Mitchell school. Special thanks to my assistant Khalia Smith who trekked through the rugged woods with a sore knee that day. The dress is a vintage dress handed down in Kerry's family. The copper and Swarovski crystal Tree of Life necklace was created by amazing jewelry designer and copper artist David Rush. You can see more of his work here: on his website.
Assistant: Khalia Smith
I wanted to use the dramatic crumbling stone dam as a backdrop to contrast the intense red color and feminine styling in the wardrobe and lend more of a fairytale feel to the imagery. We were technically being a little 'naughty' here, being on the other side of the 'do not cross barrier' A park ranger drove up and watched in amusement at us cavorting and giggling, and thankfully left us in peace to finish the shoot.
In the final image, I took the liberty of re-writing the park sign that marked the walking trails. It's the only bit of Photoshop that was used besides basic editing.I think I like the new sign better :)