The Tess Series

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of a fashion shoot….lots! Hauling of props and equipment, coordinating schedules, freezing cold weather, treats for animals, bugs, unknown interruptions….

Like with anything else, it’s work. And when the stars align, there’s magic!

The Tess Series started with a casual conversation about fashion blogging with Tess Ergen, fashion blogger of The Basic Bee. We later teamed up with Diana Sandoval of Capture Salon & Studios to create a series of images that tantalize the imagination and remind us of times or no time at all.

Wolfhound shoot behind the scenes with Diana at Capture Salon & Studios
Wolfhound shoot behind the scenes with Tess from the Basic Bee Fashion Blog & Diana at Capture Salon & Studios

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Clothing: KMK Designs  Location:  Outing Lodge, Stillwater Minnesota
Clothing: KMK Designs    Location: Outing Lodge, Stillwater Minnesota   Model:  The Basic Bee
Animals are a key element and important emotive
Animals are a key element and important emotive
Tess has a sensitive body awareness hence creates unique forms
Tess has a sensitized body awareness which creates unique forms
Hair & Make-up by Capture Salon   Location:  Gateway Trail, Stillwater Minnesota
Hair & Make-up by Capture Salon   Location: Gateway Trail, Stillwater Minnesota  Model:  The Basic Bee
Location:  Capture Salon Loft, Stillwater Minnesota  Clothing, Hair & Make-up also by Capture Salon
Location: Capture Salon Loft, Stillwater Minnesota    Clothing, Hair & Make-up also by Capture Salon  Model:  The Basic Bee
Tess of the Basic Bee in KMK Designs at Capture Salon Loft
Tess of the Basic Bee in KMK Designs at Capture Salon Loft
Location at Capture Salon Loft, Stillwater Minnesota
Location at Capture Salon Loft, Stillwater Minnesota
Clothing by KMK Designs, at Capture Salon Loft, Stillwater
Model:  The Basic Bee, Clothing by KMK Designs, at Capture Salon Loft, Stillwater
Hair & Make-up: Capture Salon & Studios   Location:  St. Croix River, Hudson Wisconsin with Scarlet Tanager
Hair & Make-up: Capture Salon & Studios Location: St. Croix River, Hudson Wisconsin with Scarlet Tanager
We froze our arses off especially Tess in this scanty arrangement.
We froze our arses off especially Tess in this scanty arrangement.
On the shores of the St. Croix, Hudson, Wisconsin in January
On the shores of the St. Croix River, Hudson, Wisconsin in January
Diana working her magic on Tess
Diana working her magic on Tess at Capture Salon & Studios

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Tess getting warmed up for the camera at Barely Brothers Record Store
Tess getting warmed up for the camera at Barely Brothers Record Store

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Fall at Fairy Falls, Stillwater Minnesota
Fall at Fairy Falls, Stillwater Minnesota
Location:  Fairy Falls, Stillwater Minnesota with Snowy Owl
Location: Fairy Falls, Stillwater Minnesota with Snowy Owl
October along McKusick Road
October along McKusick Road
September Light, Brown's Creek Park
September Light, Brown’s Creek Park
September, Browns Creek
September, Browns Creek Trail
Muskrat Farm, Stillwater Minnesota October
Muskrat Farm, Stillwater Minnesota in October
Muskrat Farm, Stillwater Minnesota August
Muskrat Farm, Stillwater Minnesota in August

Tools of the trade are key.  Tess, fashion blogger with the Basic Bee, spent days sourcing clothing for these shoots, and Diana’s creative prowess added a welcome element that pushed the look to another level. Thanks to KMK Designs for clothing in the loft and wolfhound shoots. When working with animals, be patient, calm and sensitive to their feelings and needs.

Photography Notes:  Canon Digital SLR with mostly a shallow focus and natural light always.

Photography Tip:  I discovered a great company that provides custom USB drives, USB Memory Direct. Quick turnaround, top notch customer service, and quality USB’s. I especially like the wooden drives which add a special dimension for wedding and portrait images to archive for a lifetime.

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See more of Laurie Schneider’s work at www.laurieschneider.com and wedding portfolio at www.lschneider.com

msab combinedLaurie has been producing award-winning images for 25 years.  Her background is in photojournalism, portraiture and fine art.  She specializes in assignment and special project work that involves story development, animals, people, weddings, events and farm to table.  
She received the Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Alliance award twice for documentary photography. The highly competitive award nurtures artistic creativity and recognizes contributions artists make to the state of Minnesota, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

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