Wow. Life. Summer. Craaaaaazy… anybody else? Damn, Gina!!
There are 4,598 things going on and while some days I feel like I am hanging on by a thread, most of it is exciting stuff– part of which, is what I am FINALLY sharing with you today. 🙂
I’d say the scales started to tip in my creative/exciting & time crunching/hair pulling favor, when I got to collaborate with THIS girl!
Everyone, meet Jess.
She is ADORABLE.
The fabulous Ms. Jessica DaCosta is an artist and ‘sculptress’ that specializes in copper, and more specifically, copper weathervanes. So freaking cool. You can check out her Facebook page here.
But she also does super fun stuff like pointed elf ears!
One of her sketches…
And she does these fabulous masks…
Jess was chosen by Methow Arts to be their featured artist for their summer magazine and I was lucky enough to get to do the shoot!
A lot of her work is very magical which was a match made in heaven. Some of her weathervanes have fairies or mermaids, phoenix (!!!) and so we decided to play with the whimsy and magic of her work…
Her business is also called ‘CopperMaiden’ so I liked the idea of photographing her as such. Those photos are later… In the meantime, we spent our time in some magical aspens and did our best to blow glitter. Ha!
I love the below photo… Not because it’s technically or compositionally great… I just caught her in this gorgeous moment laughing and you really get a sense of her girlish spirit.
She also made this crown out of fantastic antlers… She’s such a sorceress! 🙂
Crystal balls… *swoon*
She was SUCH a trooper… We shot two days. One was at her shop and the next day, we squeezed hundreds of photos into a few hours.
This girl was up for anything and I think it really paid off.
We had her wade in the river for some photos that weren’t my favorite. But I wanted to include this one because you can see her fish weathervane below to the left and in her hand she’s holding a copper fairy!!! I just love her work…
And then later, we got to transform her into the The CopperMaiden! 🙂 🙂 🙂
She let me put foil on her face and although you can’t tell too much, her face is covered in copper face paint. We also through pieces of metal, glitter, crystal balls and God knows what else in her hair. Fearless! It was so much fun…
These turned out very Mid-Summer Night’s Dream to me…
I really love to tell stories with my camera so I tend to gravitate toward documentary portraiture. I looove to interview someone, hear their guts and really do my best to try and capture their story in a photo.
The challenge with the Methow Arts’ shoots, however, is that I’m not the one doing the interviewing. Jess and I had to get to know each other real quick, but she was so brave, fearless and trusting. If these photos are successful at all, its all because of her!
This is my favorite. I love the light, the colors… it’s very summery to me. I think she looks gorgeous. 🙂 *swoon*
If only she were prettier, ya know? 😉
And because I don’t get to do these more artistic, super creative shoots often, I really had a blast playing with any and every preset known to man. Ha! Presets are kind of to Lightroom/Photoshop what filters are to Instagram. With documentary portraiture, you really want to stay as true as possible to the subject or the story you’re telling. So I don’t tend to use them too much. However, when a shoot allows for total, complete, chaotic and creative process? Presets can be SUPER fun. 🙂
This is super Lord of the Rings to me with her magical elven ears… *swoon* 🙂
It certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s a super gorgeous girl!
She also had this gorgeous dress with all this COLOR… Ugh. Makes the job so much easier. 🙂
I think this photo is interesting, too. Technically, her foil is blown out but the dreaminess of it, makes me come back to it… (Sometimes ya can’t help but like what ya like!)
Also, Jess is TOTALLY a shapeshifter!!! In this photo, I think she looks a bit like Jennifer Love Hewitt. There are times she just looks like a Vogue model and other times, she was channeling Katy Perry. I’m great at channeling Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids, you know what I’m saying? But I’ll take it… 😉
She took so many beautiful shots, and I had such creative fun, I had a really hard time which photos I liked most. And even worse, knowing what to send to the magazine!
Our try at glitter again… Note to self: Next time use strobes. Also, who wants to carry around strobes? 😉
All in all, it was SUCH an honor. You can read the Methow Arts Magazine article here written by Marcy Stamper.
And while I’m saying a lot about how gorgeous Jess is, it speaks nothing to who she is as an artist. And even moreso, just the fact she’s a doll of a human being.
This girl is ALL heart. I can tell she’s intuitive and connected. She manifests her own magic… A ‘sculptress’ indeed!
AND TOTALLY ADORABLE!!!!
I hope you enjoyed these photos! Please be sure to check out her work!! She is currently taking orders WORLD WIDE!!! I will say I knew her when… 🙂
Thanks for the honor, Jess! xoxo
JESSICA DACOSTA INFO:
Instagram and twitter: @coppermaiden.
Her Facebook page is @weathervaneartistry: https://www.facebook.com/WeathervaneArtistry/