You know that old saying: “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray”? Well, that was definitely playing through my head on repeat the night of this crazy– and I mean CRAZY shoot! The plans were all set– I had so many elaborate ideas, but as fate would have it, even a ton of planning and hard work couldn’t keep Mother Nature from coming along with her own plans.
It all started when I felt the urge to feed my creative soul– this happens every once in a while. I get this urge to just shoot something totally for myself and style the whole thing from ideas that are floating around in my overly cluttered head. So, I announced our very first open model search on our Facebook page, and found the lovely Ali. We had a concept already planned out when we chose her, but then she mentioned in passing that she had a horse. With that, we ended up changing the whole concept and instead based it completely around Ali and her beautiful horse Cahlua! It’s always been a dream of mine to do a shoot with a horse –and what was even better about this was that it wasn’t just a model with some random horse, but a beautiful girl with a horse that she loves and has a special bond with. Collaborating with me on this was Sunita Sumaru who always does such an incredible job helping me see my vision to life with her amazing hair & makeup talents.
On our one hour drive out to a private farm, the weather went from bad to worse, and by the time we were actually ready to shoot, it felt like we were in the middle of a hurricane! If you could see the behind the scenes of this shoot (OH how I WISH we had some behind the scenes shots, but it was just sooo crazy) you’d see our poor model freeeeezing her tushie off, you’d see Sunita trying to tame Ali’s hair as it fell out of it’s gorgeous updo and just whipped all over the place, you’d see Cahlua being so spooked by all the wind and jerking around everywhere, and you’d see me desperately trying to direct and get ANY usable shots we could amidst all the chaos. After only about 20 minutes, we pulled the plug and I went home deflated, thinking I’d be lucky if I had even ONE usable shot in the bunch. Luckily, I was thrilled to find a handful of shots that I absolutely loved. And I just have to give mad props to Ali who totally delivered the goods. This girl is not a professional model, but the way she killed it that night, she very well could’ve been! I’m so happy to be able to give her these special portraits of her with her beloved horse.
OK, enough back story– here now is the final set we got from this styled shoot. A shoot that will always hold a very special place in my memory and heart~
Special thanks to the amazing people that made this shoot possible:
Model: Ali Zimmer
Hair & Makeup: Sunita Sumaru
Sarah Seven Gown & Alvina Valenta shrug: Delica Bridal