Since beginning her musical career, ILONA has already achieved an enormous amount. She’s won awards for video as well as live performance, she’s been a featured performer at SXSW (in Austin, Texas) and played shows in LA, New York, Nashville and across the US Eastern Seaboard as well as gigging through Europe and touring around the UK many times.
When I was asked by Triciann Allen of Morgenbyrd Photoart if I was interred in shooting a possible ad campaign and CD cover for Ilona I was thrilled! Although I miss Vermont and would love to be photographing some winter weddings this year, when London called I could not stay away.
We started under the bridge at the Serpentine in Hyde Park.
Although I think Vermont has some of the most beautiful portrait and landscape photography light there is, the natural light that day in London was brilliant! Here are a couple more photos of Ilona in the same area.
The sun came out in full force now so we took advantage of that by using various scarves and netting to get some fun shadow portraits, we also shot through the scarf and ended up with some editorial images as well. I do this quite often in my wedding photography by asking others to hold up the veil, or with long wedding veils hold them away from the bride and let them slowly fall. This time I asked Triciann to throw the scarf and flip it around ILONA's face. Can you guess which one ILONA chose to use as her CD cover photo?
Here are a few more of my favorite photos that we took along the pathway where we were partially sheltered from the sun. During the course of a portrait session, I always try and find some shrubbery to shoot through for a softening and nice bokeh effect and this time it was a very large holly bush.
The clouds returned so we quickly went over to the pond in front of Kensington Palace for a few more photos with the birds, but the wind was beginning to blow and it was getting decidedly chilly so we did not stay long. Triciann happen to catch the funny one of me dealing with a "bird strike".
To warm up after the session we went to a charming pub in South Kensington for a glass of wine and have a quick peek at some of the photos from the afternoon's session. Here are the ones ILONA chose for her CD cover and advertising:
ILONA's new single will be coming out soon but in the meantime here is a link to her FB page with videos of her other recent songs:
This editorial portrait session with ILONA was great fun and I plan to do a lot more of these in the future. I have shot four CD covers now for various artists and if you are interested in finding out more about my editorial sessions please contact me. I am in London until April and then I will be traveling and returning to Vermont in May for the wedding season and do have a few openings for 2019 wedding photography. I am also working with Annie Alexander-Kramer of The Parsonne on an exciting new Vermont elopement package for smaller family weddings and elopements. We will handle everything from finding you the perfect venue to arranging officiate, flowers, photographer and cake.
For any 2019 fill in weddings I am currently offering a free engagement session in Woodstock, VT. Please contact mefor more information.