Kat has been feeling a bit feisty of late. Five and a half years ago, when our relationship was still new, we wandered out into the woods next to a lily-covered pond and she frolicked around naked for a while. Those images haven’t been on the website since we changed servers three years ago, but if you’ve been around a while, you might remember a few of the shots like these:
Recently, Kat suggested we re-visit both the place and the concept. We hadn’t played around in the woods for a while, she had an unexpected day off, so why not? We made appropriate arrangements and went hiking.
Everything was going well. The sun was shining, the bugs were minimal, and there was no one around to disturb us. We had been shooting for a few minutes, wandering around to different places, and came across a decent size limb that had fallen across the path. Kat was in the mood to climb and decided she wanted to get up on the limb.
I warned her I didn’t think the limb was safe. Looking at the way it had fallen, I wasn’t convinced it was secure enough to stay in place with her standing on it. I have a long-standing policy of not damaging the model.
Her response was, “Don’t worry, I’m not that heavy. It will hold me.”
For a while, she was correct—the branch held. She danced back and forth and we snapped some wonderful shots. Then, there was a snap, a shift, and the limb broke.
If one looks at the last image in the gallery below, notice that one hand is on a sapling. As the branch dissolved from under her, Kat grabbed hold of the sapling and, from my perspective, glided gently and safely to the ground. What I couldn’t see was that her backside made that trip against the bark of the fallen branch. She now had a scary-looking six-inch scrape right at that point of one’s posterior where one typically sits.
Obviously, we didn’t shoot anymore beyond that incident. She tossed her dress back on and we made our way back to civilization and the necessary medical care. Two weeks later, she still has a mark and the area is tender.
So much for not damaging the model.
We took a different path in processing these from how we did the original set. The skies were overcast the first time around so I used a muted palette. We didn’t have that issue this time so I chose to stay with the full color, except for a handful of black-and-whites in the middle of the gallery. I think this approach better captures Kat’s excitement at being back out in the woods. This was, in many ways, the perfect end-of-summer shoot—right up until she fell.
The finished images are in the gallery below. As always, click on any thumbnail to view the whole gallery full-size.