Creepy Gothic Raven Photo Shoot {Mike Barlow}

July 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Creepy Gothic Raven Photo Shoot {Mike Barlow}

Potsdam Based Photographer: Natalie’s Studio| Macabre Portrait Halloween Style

I love my job.  I really do.  And I love portraits, it is definitely my passion.  Often when I see a beautiful or interesting landscape I imagine putting a person there.  I never want to simply photograph the landscape; I always create in my mind a fitting portrait for the situation. 

This happened to me recently and then actually it got to become a reality.  Which is really cool for me because a lot of my ideas just stay living in my head.  (Mostly because I am busy with my 3 kids and farm.)  Anyhow… I was walking on my dad’s dirt road behind my house and there was a field of dead sticks.  (I am not really sure what was planted there.)  That particular night had grey clouds and looked ominous, and there were no leaves on the trees.  It looked particularly creepy.  I said to my husband Matt, “Wow, look at that, I want to put a model right there.  In something crazy, fantastic and creepy.”  I let the idea play out in my mind and then let it go. 

Shortly after, Erica called me and told me Mike wanted to do a portrait session.  We brainstormed a bunch of ideas surrounding all of his interests.  He was passionate about doing a macabre style portrait session with a Raven mask he had.  I was so excited!  Here was my model!  We brainstormed photo ideas and got it all worked out.

Erica worked her creative magic and made him a giant set of Raven wings!  They turned out amazing!  I give her a lot of credit.  Look at how the feathers on the giant raven wings have a green tint to them.  I think that really adds a lot of dimension.

Most of the trees were still leafless when we did the photo shoot and it looked awesome.  And all the sticks in the field were still there and dead.  We got a smoke bomb and played around with that for some of the images also.  And when we first got to the spot the sun was just setting behind the tree line.  It made a great accent light.

I was so happy to create these for Mike and we had so much fun doing it.  I love when I can really let the creative energy out.  If you have a creative idea share it below.  What crazy or interesting photo shoot would you like to do?  We can make it happen. 

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.  50 comments and he will win a free framed 8x10.

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