When you travel a lot, and then come home, you have to find ways to keep inspiring yourself between each journey. From the several times I've been to India, I had collected a stack of saris that were lying around just begging to be used in a photoshoot. For those that may not know what a sari is, it is the cultural dress many Indian women wear, and consists of a single long length of gorgeous fabric wrapped around the waste and then draped over the shoulders. The color and pattern mixes that are found in this ensemble are incredible and have always inspired me. I have been dreaming up a styled shoot that featured the gorgeous fabrics for a while. I envisioned a shoot where the saris took the main stage with their vibrancy up against a muted backdrop, and I knew that the long lengths of fabric HAD to be shown off. A creek shoot with flowing water and flowy fabric matched perfectly in my mind, and the dead winter backdrop that our Alabama creek shoot provided allowed the saris to take center stage. Sleepy Fox Photography and Amber Harris really nailed the vision and helped me bring it to life (THANK YOU LADIES!).
Amber is one, GORGEOUS, and two a total rock star for accepting my invitation to be our model for this shoot. We shot in early spring when it was still cold out, in frigid water, with her wearing very thin fabric. She didn't flinch and as you can see, nailed every shot.
A typical site seen in India is layers of saris draped over buildings, over rocks, over ANYTHING after they have been washed. Almost every river you pass will have groups of people, usually women, gathered together in the water washing their saris. After they are done, they drape them anywhere they can find a place to let them to dry. I wanted to create a vision of a woman, down by the creek, looking fabulous in her colorful attire, washing her fabrics and then draping them nearby as she sat waiting and pondering. I love the way the vibrant saris pop against the dormant winter branches.
Thank you Ginny for always being willing to trapse across fields and through the woods with me to capture a vision. And thank you Amber for kneeling in frigid water, climbing fallen trees, and having an adventurous spirit willing to do ridiculous things in order to get a shot.