Friday, October 14, 2011

graveyard picnic photoshoot

As promised, here are the photos that resulted from the professional photoshoot that became last Sunday's Cemetery Picnic, an event hosted by the Steel City Steam Society.  It was originally meant to be a potluck picnic gathering at the beautiful and spacious Allegheny Cemetery in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, but turned into a full-blown steampunk photoshoot when a professional photographer was invited by our group's founder.

Note: The SCSS did ask permission before this event, so don't think that such practices are acceptable at every cemetery.  It's best, especially on consecrated ground, to ask the people who take care of the grounds what you can and cannot do there.

The man behind the camera lens was Ray Feather, a local Pittsburgher with years of experience as a professional photographer.  He covers a great deal of fantasy/historical/alternative subculture events in the city as well as scenery, weddings, portraits, and whatever else may catch his fancy.  You can check out his work on Ray Feather Photography.

Below are a sampling of the photos he took during our five-hour picnic:

Copyright Ray Feather Photography 2011. Photo used with permission.
Copyright Ray Feather Photography 2011. Photo used with permission.


Copyright Ray Feather Photography 2011. Photo used with permission.

Copyright Ray Feather Photography 2011. Photo used with permission.
As a photographer Ray was just terrific to work with.  When he heard me say that I was not photogenic (something even my boyfriend has agreed with) he kindly pulled me aside to take additional shots and demonstrate my ability to take a decent photo.  He carefully positioned me and patiently instructed me numerous times between clicks on how to relax, goading me to smile more than I am wont to do in front of a camera.

The result:  Pretty bloody brilliant, if you ask me!

Copyright Ray Feather Photography 2011. Photo used with permission.
Many thanks to Ray Feather Photography and the Steel City Steam Society for making this wonderful Gothic steampunk fall afternoon possible!

3 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I think a log of being photogenic is all about confidence and being comfortable. Ray clearly has a talent for instilling that in his subjects. Now just carry that new sensation with you each time you are in front of a camera and magic will happen!

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  2. You look great! I think you are very photogenic.

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  3. I just came across this post. Thank you so much for the compliments and for writing.

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