When school let out on Friday I felt bad, because I had to tell my daughter that she didn’t have a horse lesson that day. She surprised me by taking it in stride and telling me that she had a surprise for me.
She told me that as an early Father’s Day gift she wanted to go out and have a photo session. But only if she could be Harley Quinn. Well, I love taking pictures so I was game!
First things first! She had to get ready. So last year she wanted to be Harley for Halloween. In order to do this it took me almost two months to track down the costume, props, and make up. My wife also had to study various images of the Suicide Squad Harley so that she could get as close to possible for our portraits.
My wife fell into action getting her makeup and hair done. She had to make sure that the pink and blue were on the right sides, as well as fight through the blinks when she put on the eye liner and mascara. In the end we had a perfect little Harley. Ready for her close up!
Our first stop was an old, and possibly abandoned, loading dock. Right around the corner from the police station. This was our main shooting area. To go with the the theme surrounding characters from the Batman universe the rundown look here was perfect!
We made sure to get some good wide shots to show off the area and then worked on getting more close and personal. Scarlett was a little troublesome when it came to posing, but nothing a few poo jokes couldn’t fix!
There was also a rather awesome set of old wood stairs that lended themselves well to the portrait session. Sitting her on these allowed me to get some good and moody portraits that I think are essential to any Harley Quinn photo series.
While we were there I also decided to try a new-to-me technique. Using the flash and a small aperture I attempted to take a black background image.
Unfortunately I didn’t really get the results I had hoped for. Though in the end I did get to those photos I still had a great result! I had her clear and sharp and an awesomely dark background. It’s definitely a set that plays well with Scarley.
After this we made our way down the road to the outside of a blacksmith shop. The old and rusted sheet metal of the wall again added greatly to the concept in mind for Harley Quinn. We took a few images here and even had a run in with a reality TV star from CMT’s Death Valley.
Scarlett enjoyed this spot once she thought that it was an abandoned shop. She got pretty into the portraits here and gave some good posing.
After this Scarlett had one last request. She wanted to go to the brick wall by Reedley’s Opera House to remake one of her favorite prior poses. So we headed over and set up the lights and started clicking. She was super happy with the results. By this point though she was pretty tired of taking photos. A kids willingness to play along only goes so far. But we had a good time and that’s what matters!
So we packed up shop and got everything loaded into the car. Scarlett was happy to head home, but I had some bad news for her. Time to go grocery shopping! We headed over to United Market and got the makings for spaghetti. Because even super villains need to eat!
As our last stop before heading home we swung by 7-11, because Dad needed a drink. While we were there she again got many compliments on her costume and absolutely reveled in it!
While we were there she got to meet one of her other personal hero’s. Deadpool! I’ll be honest, she wasn’t as excited as I had hoped when she saw the sign and it took a bit to get a picture.
But once I pulled up an app that let her take a selfie with him she was super into trying to get the perfect pic!
All in all it was a fun and successful day. We had a great time together and came home with some great photos. But the best part was all of the memories we made that day and the fact that I can look back on it anytime.