Well, one of their subject requests was antiquing, which may not fit the text book definition of the word, but I suppose, considering it is repurposing older items in an environmentally-friendly way, loosely falls under the ecotourism umbrella.
And so, that became my first choice for a photo shoot.
In this town, you can't swing a red bat (I'm mean baseball bat, of course) with out hitting an antique store, so it was pretty easy finding a good spot to shoot.
the old south...in florida?
One of my homes away from home in this area is the fabulous Old South Stained Glass and Antique Mall in nearby Eustis, Florida. Built in a old church, the building consists, as the name suggests, of a stained glass studio (specializing in providing raw materials and tools for creating stained glass as well as repair services) upstairs, and a slew of rooms filled with themed antiques and collectibles both upstairs and downstairs in a very cool basement area.
Personally, my love and fascination with the place is primarily because of its great glass resources and wonderfully creative art studio atmosphere, but owner Bob Treen also maintains a fairly massive collection of older furniture and other assorted vinatge items, and he is constantly adding to the inventory.
With Bob's blessing, the fun and eclectic decor made for an obvious shooting location...
so, who will be our talent?
I'll be honest. It had been quite a while since I had shot a commercial photo assignment, so I needed to begin my reentry into the murky waters by wading in slowly, not diving in head first. My goal was a comfortable, familiar shooting location with comfortable, familiar friends.
My choice? Why, none other than Janet Gamache and Brian Young, owners of Little Fish Video Productions and the very plugged-in web site Go Mount Dora!. BTW, their Little Fish Video You Tube Channel is a blast as well.
For those paying attention, you may remember I shot a time lapse video for the couple during last year's Mount Dora Craft Fair, so, considering that connection, also that they were exactly what my client wants - a fun, young, photogenic, energetic couple - asking them to spend a morning with me pretending to shop for antiques seemed like a no-brainer.
and so it goes...
Everything went much as expected. The belligerent, diva-like talent was mostly uncooperative until I finally flexed my directorial muscle and pretty much forced them to do what I wanted.
Ok, so none of that is really true. The shoot was a breeze, which considering how hot it got in there, would have actually been nice to have at the time.
But Janet and Brian kept their cool, looked good, acted naturally, and everything went off as scripted.
Now, as I've mention in an earlier post about this client, the actual final photos from these shoots will have to remain privy to me and them - for the time being. What I've posted here are either outtakes or behind-the-scenes shots.
Do you have any experience with ecotourism, either creating photos or video to promote it, or simply with the industry itself? I'd love to hear any stories in the comment section below...
I am also continually looking for models and talent that might be interested in being featured in some of these shoots. I'd be happy to give you more information about what's involved and the use of the photos. Message me for details...
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