A Witchy Walk in the Woods with Lily Cheshire

Witch in the woods

Modern witch in the woods of Philadelphia

As a wedding photographer, I struggle with the off season.  It’s cold, I’m tired and I need to be creative to thrive.  Luckily I’m blessed with a partner who feels the same way and spectacularly magical friends who will collaborate for an afternoon of creating art.  It’s the perfect cure for my wintertime blues.

Lily Cheshire of Witch’s Way Craft is a good friend, who we’ve been fortunate to photograph over the years.  From many shoots when she was a young model, to her cemetery engagement shoot, and witchy wedding and now as an artist and business owner, it’s been quite an artistic journey.  Her shop is filled with beautiful candles, crystals, cauldrons and herbs.  I’ll admit to going home with a few Goddess candles the day we shot together.  I’m still drooling over the calcite sphere from the shoot!  I highly suggest you check it out!

We teamed up with Jessica Saint,  of Jessica Saint Beauty for hair and makeup and invaluable help on the shoot itself.  Paul and the three of us bundled up for the cold. We all carried armloads of gear, smoke bombs, candles, sage and cauldrons for a Witchy Walk in the Woods.  Lily brought a few looks, including stunning dress from Trashy Diva in New Orleans. It’s a beautiful dress that can be worn in two ways, providing us with a nice variety.  Her beautiful jewelry was from The Brass Dragon.  A little bit of nature, a little magic and beautiful art. It was a perfect day.

Burlesque performer Chere Noble In New York

burlesque performer in Times Square

Give us a traveling showgirl, a cold winter night and bright city lights and we are truly happy photographers.  We first met burlesque performer Chére Noble ( aka The Atomic Bombshell)  in New Orleans for an artistic shoot in an abandoned nursing home.  She was perfect, s a true professional in every sense of the word.  She’s always on time, gives a hundred percent and does a stunning job with her hair, makeup and wardrobe. She’s a dream to photograph, and a true collaborator.

Over the past year, burlesque performer Chére Noble has been traveling the country, working in the most exclusive venues in Texas, Chicago and New York City.  We couldn’t make it to New Orleans this year, so we were thrilled to meet her in New York for a chilly winter shoot.  We chose two locations, the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square.  It was freezing, and Chére Noble slayed once again, under super tough conditions.  We are truly fortunate to know this fabulous dancer, model and artist.   She’s a delight to be with and we’re proud to have been able to create art with her.   I’m already hoping we get a chance to do it again.

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