Staying True To My Name

I often chuckle at how my last name seems to fit me in more than one way. First, I have mastered the art of making cookies (okay, “mastered” might be a little strong), but I am pretty darn good at it and have been since a young girl. I love to bake and my roommates at college were always thrilled to reap the benefits of my late night cookie bakes. Then at the age of 22 I met and married a man with the last name Fields….so then I truly became “Mrs. Fields.” It’s corny I know, but still fitting. He just so happens to have a serious sweet tooth, too, and will eat my cookies every night with a glass of milk.

After two years of marriage we moved to Kansas. I have to admit that I never thought I would end up in Kansas. I grew up in the mountains, so the flat lands of Kansas weren’t all that appealing to me. It is growing on me, though, and has a beauty all of it’s own. When I really began to embrace it’s beauty was when I became passionate about photography. I began to see the world through my camera lens and I viewed textures, colors, and all the natural elements in a whole new way. I particularly love the grasses. I love the soft texture of the grass and the varied colors they provide. Believe it or not, it was the Winter months that brought me to a greater appreciation for the fields and the grasses. It was late Winter and I was searching for inspiration for a photoshoot I was planning to do for a friend. We contemplated waiting until Spring when things would start turning green, but I didn’t want to wait that long. I was ready to get out and shoot after the chill of Winter. I was driving down the road and I remembered this field of golden grass I saw. I immediately began to envision her boys running through the grass. It seemed perfect! The session went great and I instantly fell in love with the sun shining through the golden grass. I was hooked on the field shoots after that.

Not long after this session I was searching for ideas for a maternity session. I began to envision this idea of a pregnant woman wearing a long white flowing skirt and fitted top. I had this idea of her walking through the field with the wind blowing her hair and skirt and this very long white shear fabric she would be holding. I became rather obsessed about the idea actually and wanted so bad to make my vision happen. I tried with the first session and got some decent images (which I am not planning to post because I was too lazy to dig them out of storage.) But then I tried it again with another mother-to-be and liked the results even better (although not quite what I was hoping for…it was after sunset when I took these images so I turned them b&w for the best results.)

So the quest was on to perfect my dreamy vision of this woman in white in the golden fields. During the Spring of 2008, I had a high school senior session with a girl who said she wanted to do some pictures in this white dress she had. I told her about my field and white fabric idea and she loved it. So we did part of her session in this golden field. My friend and fellow photographer, Cynthia, came to help me that evening and we had such a blast. There was none to little wind that night so Cynthia and the girl’s mother would throw up the fabric in the air for her. It wasn’t the same as having lots of wind but still made for a neat effect.

I came closer that session to creating what I had initially envisioned, but still wasn’t quite there yet. After that session Cynthia had mentioned she knew a professional ballet dancer who loved this vision I was working towards and was willing to model for me. What better model for this idea than a professional ballet dancer. Caitlin dances for the Kansas City Ballet and is as beautiful and graceful as they come. I was so excited. I got even more excited when I heard she wanted to bring her toe shoes to do some leaps in the grass. My vision of a woman in white in the golden field began to evolve. The thought of her leaping above the grass seemed amazing to me. We searched for the perfect grass and waited for perfect blue skies with clouds to be our backdrop. We did 2 sessions on separate days. The next two images are my favorite from the first session.

Then we tried another time because the skies weren’t as blue as we hoped on the first try. This next image is my all time favorite from the second session! How cool is this?!…

I LOVE that shot!! The skies were amazing and Caitlin did an amazing job. Did you notice the dirt on her toe shoes? Yes, she really was leaping in a field. The image quality on this shot is awesome, too. I plan to print this very large sometime in the near future.

We also managed to get some great posed shots too.

And thank you Kathy, for your help on the second shoot and for taking this picture of me in my element. We had a blast didn’t we?!

Well my obsession and love for field shots doesn’t stop there. Here are a few more I love of these darling girls in the grass.

So, be prepared to see more “Fields” in the future. I’m staying true to my name and embracing the fields all that I can! Thanks for stopping and taking a look. Here is one last image of my boys walking into a wheat field that I love.

4 Comments

  1. Capture-beauty said . . .

    These are simply gorgeous! You definitely are staying true to your name…
    and you rock field shots! After reading this I’m so inspired to go try some of my own!

    Posted October 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
  2. julie said . . .

    love your “Fields”. Enjoyed your history too!

    Posted October 6, 2008 at 9:04 pm | Permalink
  3. kristi said . . .

    I think I am finally going to get to do my field shots! Found me a dancer, now just need to find a good field, talent like yours ( though I still have your email with the tips!!) and a day with a great sky!

    Posted November 15, 2008 at 6:08 pm | Permalink
  4. Ann said . . .

    These images, especially your favorite leap photo, take my breath away!

    Posted November 19, 2008 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

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