Running Forward to EPSON FINISH STRONG with Corinne Alavekios & Stevn Alavekios


So, here it is mid September.  Autumn is barely in the air.  I am anxiously awaiting some inclement weather so I can head out on location.   Our rivers are low, and the temperatures are still rather high for our region.  Our busy season is here and we are enjoying the Senior photography that is taken place along with families.   I cannot wait until the rivers swell to their normal size.    Last night we had a downpour at 2:00am and the only night I am not awake, I miss it!   Our new puppy “Hubbell”  slept through the night and failed to wake me.  I woke to coolness and wet ground this morning, hoping it was going to continue I rushed inside to try to change a shoot to today, little did I realize the rain had come & gone and is not expected back anytime soon.  

I am posting a few more images here in the river with Epson.  The day was such a whirlwind.  The banks of the river in Redmond, Washington were busy with crew and a couple family members.  Early in the morning we started with choosing wardrobe from 180 dresses!  Yes, we shopped for the wardrobe.  Hair and make up were next at our studio, as we visited with Epson creatives and management and MC Saatchi LA.  We enjoyed a great catered lunch by Le Rendez-Vous, Organic French bakery café and off to the river we went.   When we arrived at the river the equipment was all in place.  We had been to the river a couple times early in the morning to make sure all was in order and the trucks, RV were in place.  Joe McNally was on a flight coming in that morning & Stevn drove to the airport to meet our new friend, what a nice guy!   I have to tell you, what a blessing to work with such amazing talents.  Definitely a high point in my life so far!

We are absolutely used to that first step into the cold, deep water.  There is no shallow end where we photograph.   The first step is always at least 3 1/2′ deep.   As we move out a little deeper it goes well above our waste and that is when the ladders come out.  Really tall ladders.  What people usually do not see is that when we are out in the water, we are standing on the top rung of the ladder in 6′ currents.  If we could see the bottom of the river we probably would get a little shaken by the height, but the key is you don’t look down that far.  You just look to the surface of the water, and then just start creating!   We look for flowing lines and bending the subjects curves where ever possible.  The light works best when it is flat, if it is sunny out it is almost impossible to pull of a beautiful shot.  If it is raining, it is even better!  We embrace the surroundings we live in, and lets face it here in the Seattle area our surroundings are rain.  Driving, pouring dark, rain.  We have learned to wrap our creative brains around this fact and when we hear the forecast for rain, we set out to capture a scene with an atmosphere you can feel through the imagery.  On this day with Epson, we captured images of soft, beautiful sisters.    The river banks are soft with tall grasses and as the wind blew the grass shifted back and forth.  We had a floating dock constructed for this shoot.  I do not like anything new looking, so we used old timbers that were distressed and discolored.   We decided upon pastels color gowns in the final shot.  The color palette is so pleasing on soft, it is harmonious in every way.  From the long hair that flows like the silk of the dresses we chose, to the soft grass on the banks.  It all came together beautifully on this day with Epson and friends.   I am going to print my finished print on my Epson 9900 this week.  We will take a photograph to show you, and maybe a few photographs of us using our new 7900 that has recently been installed at the studio.    

We hope you enjoy the images of the surroundings that day.  If you have any questions please leave a comment and we are happy to answer.



6 Responses to “Running Forward to EPSON FINISH STRONG with Corinne Alavekios & Stevn Alavekios”

  1. Jeremy Frank says:

    Just surfed over from Joe McNally. Spent ages, with your beautiful evocative moody portraits. I love the way you work your craft, to get such rich results. The final shot, in the river, is just wonderful.
    – Jeremy
    Melbourne, Australia

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    What an intriguing journey you’re on! Thank you for sharing in your new blog! Look forward to seeing how your gift keeps blessing!

  4. alavekios says:

    Melissa, You have become such a dear friend and great wealth of support & encouragement! Thank you!

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