Front Porch Southern Elegance

One of the best parts of living and working in the South is the ever changing weather patterns and the sweeping and sometimes sudden "tropical storm" antics.  The dark and ominous rain clouds can put a rush of adrenaline into a photo shoot that has been planned and organized for weeks, but that stormy back drop can also be incredibly magical. 

I recently returned from a 2,200 mile road trip from Atlanta, GA to Boston, MA and back over the course of 8 days.  Earlier this year, I was invited to join an online Facebook group whose goal and purpose is to link together creatives in the wedding industry and create a place where Community trumps Competition.  The Rising Tide Society has been an amazing, safe place to turn to for encouragement, helpful critiques and the occasional venting outlet for all of us entrepreneurs.  It was in the online group that I was able to meet a whole slough of photographers who supported my ideas and career and wanted to collaborate our skills and talents.  We were able to work out a whole road trip where I could meet up with several of these photographers and work on some beautiful collaborations on their home bases!    

My first stop was York, SC where I met up with Amy Kolodziej of Sunshower Photography.  She had our model, Cici, ready to go with flawless hair and makeup. My travel companion, Anna, and I grabbed a few pieces out of the traveling wardrobe and dressed Cici in our first look. With a constant and watchful eye on the storm clouds zeroing in, we ran out to Amy's luscious back yard and, with the sounds of a stream gurgling in the distance, we took our first few shots.

Our first look for Cici consisted of a spun gold fitted corset worn under a sheer long sleeved bodysuit with strategically placed lace details.  Her skirt is double layered chiffon in a gathered A line style and was extra flowy in the pre storm breeze.  We felt a couple drops start to fall and quickly relocated to the front porch to wait and regroup.  While we were there, we took advantage of the angles and created these gorgeous magazine cover quality looks.

It was right about this time that the heavens really opened up and the rain really started coming down, so we ducked inside and changed into our second look.  We removed the the sheer bodysuit and changed out the skirt for a multi layered circle netted skirt to create a whole new look.   

{Who doesn't love a good twirl?}  We had such a great time meeting Amy and Cici and made some amazing photos together.  Eternally grateful for RTS and their amazing ability to connect creatives with similar heartbeats.