Red Riding Hood

Personal project

Little Red Riding Hood

Personal Project for 2012 – 2013

For this Little Red Riding Hood shoot a lot of planning by me, and knitting by my wife I am finally able to proceed with my personal project, which will be taking place over approximately the next year, possibly year and a half. The project is my interpretation of familiar fairy tales.

The Shoot

After packing all the equipment and props in to the car, and waiting a couple of minutes for Matt Cain my assistant for the day to arrive, it was off to the first location to meet up with Little Red Riding Hood, I mean Karen the model for the shoot. The shoot itself took place at a disused sawmill in Alyth. I have been here before to shoot with Karen and think it is a wonderful location. This was followed by heading to Alyth Den for some shots that depicted her walking through the forest to grandma’s house, unfortunately no wolves to be seen on the day.

I had hoped for it to be misty, but this was always going to be a stretch, so I had prepared as much as I could by acquiring smoke pellets used by plumbers etc. to generate my own. Unfortunately on the day this proved harder than I thought, as no matter where I placed the pellets the smoke went in the opposite direction to the one I wanted. So all the mist you see in these images is added in post processing, I know cheating but I wanted to add some atmosphere to the images.

Little Red Riding Hood Final Images

Some of the images from the shoot below, starting with Red Riding Hood at the sawmill and progressing along a dirt track until we get to Alyth Den for the last few shots.

Environmental Portraiture, Red Riding Hood

Props & Thanks

This first shoot in the series has taken approximately 8 weeks of planning and sourcing of props and I must extend my gratitude to my wife and her knitting skills for making the hoodlet to be used in this shoot (some images below).

Finding a willow basket proved harder than I thought and I left it too late to order the one I wanted as they make them to order and would have taken 10-15 days to be dispatched, which would have been past the date of the shoot, lesson learned there. So I had to try and source one locally and found one in a charity shop. Not quite what I had in mind but it was all I could get.

Loaves, small bloomers were purchased from a shop and ran double duty on the day, both as props for the shoot and as dinner for my assistant and myself later (I had taken some butter and cheese along).

Many thanks to Karen for being a willing model of Little Red Riding Hood on the day, and her friend who acted as a stylist and held light stands when placed in precarious positions

Many thanks to Matt Cain of Photographic Dreams for assisting on the day, setting off the smoke pellets, and the some behind the scenes video, thats for another post

Anyway thats all for this post, as always let me know what you think in the comments below



Matt CainAugust 5, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Hi Gareth,

Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this shoot. It was so much fun to do and your results certainly justify the effort you put into it.

All the best, and keep up the good work.


GarethAugust 5, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Thanks Matt your help was very much appreciated on the day

Alison ArnoldAugust 6, 2012 - 10:40 am

Love the photos. The effects are great. Hope you got the results you wanted. I think the girls quite enjoyed themselves. Karen will be pleased to see these.

GarethAugust 6, 2012 - 11:26 am

Glad you like them Alison. Glad the girls enjoyed the day, and yes am pleased with the results.

Christine BaileyAugust 8, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Wow – what brilliant shots (of our goddaughter – not that we are biased!). Loved the atmosphere created – I would have assumed mist unless we were otherwise informed.

GarethAugust 8, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Hi Christine, Thank you and glad you like them, I would have preferred there to have been mist about at the time.

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