Model: Chelsey Dale
Makeup: Mandy Urner
Location: Abbotsford Tulip Festival
I am completely ashamed to admit that I have never been to a tulip festival before. I mean, come on. It’s practically a playground for a professional photographer, right?
Now, I worked with Chelsey a couple times last summer (once in the studio, and once for a spectacular west coast sunset at Crescent Beach), and then more recently for a lifestyle shoot in Maple Ridge, so I was pretty stoked when she contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in photographing her at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. Uhm, YES. Yes I would.
I’ve heard nightmares of how busy the tulip festival can be on the weekends, so that was my main concern going in. But we noticed on their website that it opens up to photographers before it does to the general public. BOOM!! The only hitch is, it meant that my model was going to have to be in the makeup chair at 5am. But thankfully she was more than happy to accommodate, and so was my makeup artist Mandy. (Ok, I’m married to the makeup artist, so she didn’t have too much of a choice….) And speaking of thankfully, there’s this magical invention called coffee.
Off to Abbotsford we went! (Is it wrong that I wanted to stop and play at Castle Fun Park as well?)
We got to the tulip festival, and I couldn’t believe it – there were only 3 or 4 other people there. We practically had the whole place to ourselves. The only downfall of the morning was, it was COLD! I didn’t care that much, but it made it a little uncomfortable for my model to change outfits. But hey, pain is beauty, right?
FYI - this place is UNBELIEVABLE.
After the shoot, we decided that we would pick some tulips for my wife. (I’m kind of an awesome husband like that, you know).
At around 9:00 or so, we were ready to leave. 9:00 is when the gates open to the general public. Hundreds of people were flooding in, including several tour busses. Guess we just dodged THAT bullet!