When anyone asks me ‘what inspires your ideas? well…I am a sucker for period dress and period movies, pride and prejudice, game of thrones just to name a couple. I love to show the passion and strength of a woman. Women are intuitive beings that are essentially in their element when surrounded by animals, strong animals. I love horses for my personal shoots as well as birds of prey and the Northern Inuit breed of dog, they give me power, strength and devotion within an idea that then brings everything together, without them the image would not be so beautiful.
Tracey Fowler ‘Honiahaka Inuits and wolf-a-likes’ and myself have become good friends over the last few years, I contacted her a few weeks before this shoot to say someone had found me a location but its a good two or so hours away from us and did she have anyone she knew in the area that would want to join in on this shoot, Tracey then said she would do it for me and bring a couple of her dogs along for me, Tracey is just amazing with her dogs, she breeds them as well as trains them and I have personally seen Dream, the bitch to the left of the image, blossom from a youngster into a great adult dog that is just super well trained and makes the most fabulous model for any photographer. Tracey brought along Dream’s daughter Elsa, the first time off the lead I have to say she was amazing, she has a wonderful playful affectionate nature and was super happy to join in with the young models that we had with us on location, Elsa is so much darker than her mother which gives her a really strong look, she will make an amazing model.
The dogs had had such fun they had been running around having the time of their lives, when it came to taking some images on my camera, my daughter Amy was upset that it was so cold and windy her eyes were running so she was looking at my lens to say ‘mum I have really had enough!’ to me, ‘in my imagination’, they had walked up a great hill with this scene behind them the dogs were panting and Amy looked strong, just what I was hoping for!
Lighting on this image is natural, no lighting was added on the day and I didn’t use my reflector which I was kicking myself over in post as it really would have helped little on the darker side of Amy’s face, the light was falling from the left across my subjects, we were careful to place the dogs where I thought we may get some natural light in their eyes as so we didn’t loose those wonderful amber colour, Inuits eyes are just stunning and some say its all about the eyes in photography, where really, I say its just their presence, they have such a wonderful wolf like look and to me it does not matter where they are looking, just being there is enough for me. The background in the original was plain, which was what I intended, I added in post some clouds and then some mountains on a soft opacity from my personal library, then worked with the lighting to try and create something a little bit more ambient with dodge and burn, overlaying a block of colour that was sampled from the amazing costume just finished this piece off for me, I was really happy with it.
This image was shot at 70mm – 1/250 sec – F8 with an ISO of 125
Tracey and Myself are just honoured to be published in ‘INSPIRE’ Digital or Not – Fine Art Photography Magazine
It was a total pleasure working on this image – I hope you have enjoyed looking at it and I do hope it took you somewhere else even for a few seconds <3 Sal xx