An Afternoon with Alyssa Cave

Alyssa Cave -- image © Bret Doss

Alyssa Cave — image © Bret Doss

Being a part of the VIVAFASHIONISTAS team is fantastic.  The things I get to do, the people I get to meet & collaborate with, the opportunities around every corner, well, it is hard to overstate just how much I love it.

For instance, I received a short message from our Fashion Editor, Alyssa Cave:  “Hey, I was wondering if you have some free time on the weekend to do a quick location shoot for a piece I’m writing for Viva?”

Cue a flurry of fun message exchanges: how about this location, what kind of looks, what kind of lighting, here’s a mood board, your mother wears army boots, when did you meet my mother? — that sort of thing.  We settled on a Saturday Afternoon Adventure (another in a series).

I picked her up & we headed out. Her article for Viva is about how simple styling changes can alter a basic look, and she was (as always) well prepared with the pre-selected looks packed & organized carefully.  We chose to go to an area that I knew well for a variety of locations that we could access quickly & return to the vehicle easily for changes.  Since we wanted to be quick, efficient, and had a more casual look in mind for the images, I packed light: Nikon Df, three primes, and a zoom just in case.  I packed a q-flash and battery as a backup plan, but the intention was to use only available light for a less formal look and feel.

A late December weekend in the Seattle area comes with no assurance of suitable weather, but we were blessed with spectacular light: partly cloudy, the sun breaking through, and wonderfully luminous open shade. I started with one of my favorite lenses:  85mm.  As it turned out, I never removed it–I could have traveled even lighter, but I am a Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C kinda guy, so it was fine.

The highlight of the day was simple & continuous: ‘working’ with Alyssa.  We are both pretty relaxed and easy going, and we just get along.  An afternoon of good company, good conversation, no pressure, easy efficiency, and creative collaboration happened as naturally as breathing.

We shot well past sunset (early this time of year in the Pacific Northwest).  It never stopped being fun, it just stopped being bright enough!

As soon as I got home I began transferring the images to my computer, reviewing them,  jumping up and down, sending some quick proofs to Alyssa, and learning from her how to get my own set of the Snoopy Happy Dance emoticons she sent back.

Below are some of my personal favorites from the afternoon.

Alyssa Cave -- image © Bret Doss

Alyssa Cave — image © Bret Doss

Alyssa Cave -- image © Bret Doss

Alyssa Cave — image © Bret Doss

Alyssa Cave -- image © Bret Doss

Alyssa Cave — image © Bret Doss

Alyssa Cave -- image © Bret Doss

Alyssa Cave — image © Bret Doss