A moody summer scene at Blue Mountain Lake in Indian Lake, New York in the central Adirondack Mountains. Blue Mountain Lake is part of a series of lakes connected by the Marion River. This is considered the heart of the Adirondack Mountains and home of Adirondack Experience, a museum located in a historic summer resort hotel. Every year, thousands of vacationers come here to fish, swim, boat, hike, and enjoy the outdoors.
Old sign for Finger Lakes Returnables & Convenience Store at 2171 U.S. Route 20, Seneca Falls, New York. Nice and greasy.
I did this series with model Luna Mae in her Finger Lakes studio a few months ago, but didn’t get around to processing the photos until recently. I wanted to experiment with different lighting, but we weren’t able to get it dark enough in there to completely control the light. Still, I think I got a few decent shots with the red light. This was my first studio shoot – a little too plain for my tastes. I need to have an interesting background; something that tells a story.
Check out my other work with Luna Mae:
Author, model, and actress Maria Libri-Sigle poses at the Island Bay Yacht Club on Lake Springfield in Springfield, Illinois. Even though it was a hot afternoon, she was very patient and made the whole process seem effortless from beginning to end. I think this was one of my most “professional” looking photo shoots to date. The hardest part was choosing just a few photos to represent the series. Check out her books on Amazon.
Sign for Sackets Harbor Brewing Company at 212 W. Main Street in Sackets Harbor, New York. Lakeside brewery in a restored train station delivers gastropub fare and a variety of house beers. Opened in 1995.
Model Chanda Crosby poses at Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois, the only scenic location in that city. I love the color contrasts with the rich greens and reds against Chanda’s black and white dress. I’m really happy with how these turned out. Follow me on Instagram at www.instagram.com/ma_kleen/
Model and artist Georgia Alderson poses in a 1960s-inspired Boho V Neck Print Romper at Glacial Park Nature Preserve in McHenry County, Illinois. We braved all the inconveniences of shooting outdoors in the summer (including a mosquito infestation) to get this wonderful series.
I wanted to capture a 1960s-style look and feel, using a custom preset in Adobe Lightroom from PhotographyPla.net. I love these presets because they allow you to choose a custom look for multiple photos and speed up the editing process quite a bit. I used three slightly different presets for this batch, and included a “regular” version so you can see what the original colors looked like.