Finally managed to get all of the shoots finished, The spring shoot with Sarah, a new model, was yesterday.
I have never met her before, she came to me through Debbie Hardy of Studio 25 Photography who I went to for my industry advice. Sarah is a beautiful girl who was perfect for the shoot, she turned up with two friends which was absolutely fine, until one of them whipped out a camera! I was a bit put out by that but never mind.
Sarah was great but I think that she was a bit put off by her friends being there as on a lot of the pics she averted her gaze at the last second and she is looking at them rather than at the camera. Darn it! Still think we managed to get the final shot though.
She was joined on the shoot by a chap I know called Brian, who was to be my horned god. The horns ( Hollywood quality, I was assured) looked a bit comedic so I decided not to use them. Brian, bless him did exactly as I wanted him to, but I’m not terribly happy with the result.
The idea with this shoot was that Brian, the horned god, has his wicked way with the virgin in the woods. This extract from an article I found on the internet explains it better.http://www.bbc.co.uk/bradford/lifestyle/faith/2005/paganism_beltane.shtml
“The Beltane rite is, in fact, the Pagan version of the modern marriage ceremony. We call it ‘Hand Fasting’. On Beltane Eve, a very long time ago, the young men of the village would go into the woods and don stag horns and skins in a kind of ‘play fight’ with the rutting stags to see which was bravest. The man who got the better of the stags (a kind of Old English version of the bullfight) would take on the roll of the Stag Lord for the Beltane revels on May Day. This is still called the ‘Stag night’.
The Goddess, at this time of year is dressed in white, her head wreathed with May blossoms and with a veil hiding her face. This aspect of the Pagan Goddess represents the young maiden who is about to become the Mother.”
I can’t decide if Brian looks like he’s in the mood for love or like a stalker in this pic: you decide.