Winter Fashion at Upper Kananaskis Lake

Calgary is a cold city come the winter months, and those winter months seem to last forever, but one of the few perks we have during this time is that locations like this one are only a short hour and a half drive away. It was a wee bit nippy, and there was a lot of time spent warming up in the vehicles in between shots, but our model Elise made standing in the cold wind wearing nothing but a dress look easy while the rest of us were bundled up. I'll hit you guys with some photos, then follow up with some behind the scenes and gear talk.

Photography: Nathan Elson Model: Elise Styling: Odessa Bennett Hair/Makeup: Emilia Photographer Assistant: Sam Hoffe Styling Assistant: Brittany Morrow




All of the photos were shot using the Nikon D800 with a combination of the 24mm-70mm f/2.8G, 70mm-200mm f/2.8G, 85mm f/1.8G, and Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4. For lighting I had one Einstein head with the 64" PLM with diffusion panel attached. I didn't want the lighting to be over bearing in these images, but rather a soft sweep of light to create a little bit of shaping. *Side Note* One of my PLM's was destroyed by a heavy gust of wind, ripping the poles out, so be prepared for that with extra modifiers if you're shooting on location.

Some BTS photos, taken by both my assistant Sam and Hair/Makeup Artist Emilia:



And the team that made it all possible (missing Brittany because she was packing up the clothing in the car):


Thanks for reading. Questions or comments go in the box below.

Cheers -Nate