“Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful”

Lady Aurora came to me with an interesting fashion concept involving butterflies. She wanted to portray imagery of her slowly being overtaken by butterflies, with the anchor shot having about half of her face covered with them. I thought that the color palette and design was really striking! I found the dark blue and black complimented each other well.

Modeled by Lady Aurora
Sony A7rII
Leica Elmarit-R 135mm f/2.8

We planned out a short storyboard of how the shots will progress and went to scout locations. Castle Rock State Park stuck out as the perfect location for this shoot with its faerie like atmosphere and mossy rocks and trees. Everything was set and I loaded my hiking backpack with lighting equipment and camera. However, we encountered an unexpected problem. Due to the recent storms in California, all roads leading to Castle Rock were closed due to mudslides!

So after having driven almost two hours, we had to turn back.

On the way back, I decided to take a detour to Coyote Hills Regional Park. In my mind I figured that I might get some nice shots on the walkways cutting across the water. Just my luck, the lake was also flooded and the wooden walkways were completely submerged! So much for that.

After walking up a hill, we found a nice lush green open space. Perfect!

Modeled by Lady Aurora
Sony A7rII
Leica Elmarit-R 135mm f/2.8

The area seemed to work out well enough. It wasn’t what I originally had in mind, but maybe it was for the best. I had only brought my Elmarit-R 135mm lens and barely had enough space to shoot a full body shot. If we had shot at Castle Rock, I’m not sure if I would have even half of that space to step backwards.

The shoot progressed as planned and I think we got some really amazing shots!

Modeled by Lady Aurora
Sony A7rII
Leica Elmarit-R 135mm f/2.8

All’s well that ends well I suppose. While not my first pick of location, it worked out in the end. I hope that you enjoy the photos that we created!