masks

The Goat Whisperer

I can never get enough of kids exploring mask wearing. Ten year old Payton's eyes lit up as I began revealing the masks I'd brought to his 'Little Urban Farmer' session at his urban farm in the city. He made sure that we used all his favorites during the session including the horse, zebra and hippo. 

This collaboration with his pet goat just cracked me up. Later his little sis' Rhiannon slipped on the 'fox' mask and began chasing the chickens. Rhiannon repeated over and over "I'm going get you chickens and eat you up." Payton even stepped in with a huge net to lend a hand. What a story these two could tell.

Interested in seeing their darling faces revealed? Mosey on over to my portrait site to see their 'Little Urban Farmer' pictures.

Illuminating La Luna

La Luna | El Corazon photography by Kim Campbell.
El Corazon Photography by Kim Campbell - girl with stuffed hyena.

How serendipitous that I would come across a gal named Luna. If you follow my Lotería project you might notice that I haven't fulfilled my 'Luna' card yet. Well Luna and I got together and went through her closets and found lots of interesting things including this fabulous plastic wig thing-a-ma-jig. My creative sculptor husband Francisco crafted me this moon out of Styrofoam. I love a good team effort.

This shoot took place at Old Portland Hardware & Architectural where I am having my El Corazón show next week. The owner Bret has been great about lending me props and even offered up his space for a photo shoot which I couldn't resist. I love places that evoke a sense of history, curiosity and discovery.

Well one of the more interesting pieces in his collection is this hyena. He was perched high a top a shelf of glass lampshades. With Luna's mom's permission we hoisted her up on the bookshelf and played a game of girl vs. hyena.

Luna was a great sport and tried on all kinds of costumes and masks on for me. I'm curious to know which of these images 'sing' to her.

Hannah's Masquerade

El Corazon Photography by Kim Campbell.

10 year old Hannah is no stranger to creativity. I've had the opportunity to point my lens on her a time or two before and I couldn't wait to play with her in an El Corazón shoot. A week before our session we peeked into her closets, pulled masks, costumery, interesting clothes and what not into a basket for our session.

Together Hannah and I put together personas and characters for her to try on.  This hare mask (created by Newman's Commedia Mask Co.) was something I discovered at the Oregon Country Fair this Summer and I couldn't wait to try it out. It was wonderful to learn about Hannah's affinity for bunnies - in particular this little pal she's holding. I also learned she's a fiend for watermelon. Making her hold a fresh cut slice of watermelon while posing for these pictures was tantamount to torture for her so we had to take a watermelon snack break. Later evidenced in drippings on her clothes in this last shot.