For my very first editorial concept shoot, I wanted to evoke the golden, summery feeling of the late '60s - the era of Joan Baez, Loretta Lynn, and Joni Mitchell. Kayleigh brought a romantic vulnerability to these pictures. It was really hard to cull any of our shoot, because she is incredibly photogenic.
And what a sport! She didn't hesitate at all when I asked her to do some uncomfortable things - like lie down in a thatch of scratchy weeds and wildflowers. She has a true performer's heart, and understood what was running through my head with hardly any direction.
To achieve this sun-streaked, faded album-cover look, I relied upon VSCo presets from film packs 3 and 5 in post. If you long for the nostalgic feel of photos of the past, I can't recommend these film packs more highly. And of course, shooting in a magical gazebo field at sunset doesn't hurt, either. Most of the shading and lens flare were natural, but I did add lightleaks to photos 1 and 13 above to increase the feeling of nostalgia.
On a side note, the custom guitar that appears in these pictures belonged to my dad, a great musician in his own right.
Model: Kayleigh Rose (Thanks to Kara, her mom, for assisting!)
50mm and 85mm Canon Prime Lenses
Listening to: The Wildwood Flower - Emmylou Harris