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Allison

When I did Allison and David’s wedding this summer I asked Allison
(a circus performer and New England Center for Circus Arts alum)
if she would be up for doing aerial portraits in her wedding dress.
She said yes, and we did the portrait session just before the holidays.
The color images are some of Allison’s favorite images,
and the B+W images are some of Leslie’s faves. I love them all!
Just out of view in all these images is Allison’s husband David,
who helped with styling the dress, positioning,
and being a great cheerleader.
This is one of my favorite images. I love the connection with
Allison’s eyes, and the combination of Allison’s strength
with the fragile beauty of the flowing veil.
Allison, thanks for making this so fun,
and David, thanks for all your help!
To learn more about Allison’s work,
you can check out her website here.

Circus Arts

I'm blessed to have a number of New England Circus Arts alums as clients, and Megan, Ferne and Kalina are three of my faves! Here they are in their changing room behind the barn.
I’m blessed to have a number of New England Circus Arts alums as clients, and Megan, Ferne and Kalina are three of my faves! Here they are in their dressing room behind the barn. I used to bring our RV so they could change, but they never used it. They’re so flexible they can change outfits in public without a problem. They are wardrobe Houdinis.

Some friends lent us the use of their beautiful barn for the evening. Megan starts off with a beautiful routine on an aerial hoop.
Megan starts off with a beautiful routine on an aerial hoop in the old post and beam barn some friends let us use for the evening.

The strength and balance required for this move is not in my DNA.
The strength and balance required for these moves is not in my DNA. Not to mention the height thing.

I love the light coming in through the wide barn door as well as the symmetry of Megan's positions on the hoop.
I love the light coming in through the open barn doors as well as the symmetry of Megan’s positions on the hoop.

Look mom, no hands. These artists can find anything and make a routine up around it.
Look mom, no hands. These artists can find anything and make a routine up around it.  I’ve gotten to the point where I just ask, “Is there something you can do with this?” And there always is.

All the images from this shoot are for Megan, Kalina and Ferne's portfolios, so we did a mix of circus arts images as well as portraits in the beautiful Vermont evening light.
All the images from this shoot are for Megan, Kalina and Ferne’s portfolios, so we did a mix of circus arts images as well as portraits in the beautiful Vermont evening light, all in and around the barn.

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Kalina on a single-point trapeze. Wikipedia comments that "the difficulty on a static trapeze is making every move look effortless." Kalina has that part down.
Kalina on a static single-point trapeze. Wikipedia comments that “the difficulty on a static trapeze is making every move look effortless.” Kalina has that part down.

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I mean, really?!?
I mean, really?!?

There were a lot of spots in the barn that had beautiful light. I could spend a week here doing portraits in different locations.
There were a lot of spots in the barn that had beautiful light. I could spend a week here doing portraits in different locations.

It was a perfect evening and the light kept getting better and better.
It was a perfect evening and the light kept getting better and better.  And this dress was so right for this shoot.

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Ferne has graced my blog before, but I'm not sure you've seen her hanging upside-down by her ankles. It's one thing to hang like that, and a whole other thing to get in that position in the first place.
Ferne has graced this blog before, but I’m not sure you’ve seen her hanging upside-down by her ankles. It’s one thing to hang like that, and a whole other thing to get in that position in the first place. Abs required.

Balancing effortlessly.
Balancing effortlessly.

An old tractor becomes a platform for a handstand. Of course.
An old tractor becomes a platform for a handstand. Of course.

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Or that.

 

A beautiful old barber's chair in the barn, with light from an adjacent door.
A beautiful old barber’s chair in the barn, with light from an adjacent door.

I asked Ferne to stand in the doorway for a portrait. No so much. Thanks Ferne, Kalina and Megan for another amazing portfolio session. You all amaze me with your strength, grace and good humor about the places I find to do these shoots!
I asked Ferne to stand in the doorway for a portrait. No so much. These women don’t stand in doorways.
Thanks Ferne, Kalina and Megan for another great portfolio session. You amaze me with your strength, grace and good humor about the places I find to do these shoots!