Chelsea the harpist



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In what will most likely be my final outdoor photo shoot before the snow flies this year, I’m thrilled to present Chelsea the harpist!

Even being musically-limited myself, I must know a half-dozen guitar players, at least a couple of drummers, and a few keyboarders.  But Chelsea was the first harpist I’ve ever met, and that was pretty cool – so I knew after our first portrait session together that I needed to work with her again!

You may remember Chelsea and her harp from the “24 Hours of Art” promotional series I did for The Vintage this past summer.  At the time I had two simple portrait setups in place down at The Vintage, and photographed Chelsea in both.  We got a nice headshot against white, and a few wider images of her playing her harp on The Vintage’s stage.

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These were good promotional images for the event, but my mind was full of ideas for something much cooler, much more engaging, that would center around Chelsea as a musician.  Fortunately she was up for another session as well, so a several weeks later she drove up and met me at Trostle Pond at Lackawanna State Park.

This was one of those sessions that the photo gods smiled down on; a thick afternoon overcast cleared out and gave us a stunning sunset and twilight period to work with, including a scattering of dramatic clouds in the sky.  The foliage was almost at peak, the temperature was chilly but still bearable, and even the day’s breeze settled down for us.

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I have to say, I cannot remember having done a more relaxing photo session.  I got Chelsea setup in position by the pond with her harp and just asked her to play and pretend I wasn’t even there.  So she played, and I got to make a series of photos while being serenaded by harp-music at twilight on a stunning autumn evening.

Seriously, it doesn’t get any better than that!

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I can’t thank Chelsea enough for driving up and braving a chilly evening so that we could make these together.  As a photographer, sometimes you meet people and just know that you have to get them in front of the camera, and it pays off in spades.  I have no doubt that this will remain one of my most memorable portrait sessions.

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