On Victoria Day of 2015, I met some of my favorite people for the very first time.
I was still with my previous company and we had gotten a message asking if we would be interested in a "trash the dress" shoot - with blood. I don't think we could have said yes fast enough. We made some rough plans and made our way out to an acreage just north of the city.
The shoot was initially supposed to be just Ashley wearing a dress she was ready to ruin but when we got there, little Farrah decided she wanted in too. Ashley put her in a flower girl's dress, and we went outside to play.
I'm not entirely convinced that the concept we had come up with initially was actually played through and came out through the photos, but it was amazing nonetheless, and working with Ashley was amazing. At this point we were still relatively new to working with models that weren't close friends or our children but she definitely put us at ease. Farrah was not at all happy with how sticky the blood was, so her enthusiasm quickly faded, but she pushed through the last few shots and went inside to get cleaned up.
After Farrah went in, we had a massive amount of blood left to use, and Ashley was more than willing to help us use it.
Thankfully, her other daughter Payton was too.
Payton gleefully dumped the rest of the blood over Ashley and we got some of my favorite shots of the day because of it.
She was a complete mess by the time we had finished and I should add in that this particular blood mixture was made with corn syrup, chocolate sauce, and red food coloring - by the time Ashley was ready to get out of her dress, she had to be cut out of it and happily showed us the aftermath of what happens when you try and pry your arms apart from your sides when you're covered in sugary glue.
Meeting Ashley and her family that day effectively changed the direction my photography went in, and who I chose to work with. Even now, as I'm sure you've all figured out, Ashley, Farrah, and Payton are some of the only models I'll work with. We're a happy little messed up family, and I love them to pieces.
In any case, I hope you've enjoyed taking a little peek at my past and what I've done before Stolen Innocence. All pictures are © DxE Photography.