Portraits

Photo shoot at Seljvavellir, an outdoor pool in South Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

I had seen pictures of Seljvavellir in Seljavalallaug on... Pinterest! So I had added it on my list of places to see in Iceland, I thought it would be the perfect place to do a photo shoot there: I liked the idea of adding some variety to a photo shoot, by having the model on dry land and then in the pool. That was without me thinking about the ever changing weather in Iceland, and it was pouring rain (you can see the first part of this shoot here). I was soaking wet, I ended up not being able to shoot with my film camera, and the location wasn't that clean due to some people's poor manners. But I was still very happy (1) to be in Iceland (2) to be shooting in Iceland (3) to be working with 1 of my favorite models. Yes, I'm a half glass full kind of person :)

 

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Fashion shoot in Seljavalallaug, Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

Seljavalallaug is an old pool located about an hour and a half away from Reykjavik. To reach it, you have to walk for about 10 min, with no cell phone signal, but it's an easy walk and the surroundings are beautiful. I wonder if Icelanders think tourists are crazy for wanting to go there, because while the scenery is worth it, the pool is taken care once in a while by volunteers. Some people are not respectful and leave their trash behind, and the bottom of the pool is slimy (by what I'm being told. I didn't actually swim in it). 

When planning my trip to Iceland, Seljavalallaug was on my list of locations for photo shoots. Also, I really wanted to work with this Icelandic model I had worked before. But this time, it would be have a more modern feel to this shoot. Bryndis was great, she never complained despite the tough weather conditions, and I got some great photos from that day!

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A family photo session at Carolina Beach, North Carolina by Thuy Minh Hussey

A chilly, rainy afternoon isn't enough to scare away photographers! We ventured out to Fort Fisher, in Carolina Beach, NC, so I could take some of Jessica and her beautiful family. Jessica is the owner of Jessica Horton Photography, based in North Carolina (check out her beautiful work here). Baby Kate was a trooper, she even managed to nap at some point! Of course, her parents made sure to keep her all bundled up. When the sun briefly came out, we were able to "unbundle" her. 

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(I don't care if Kate's eyes are closed, I still think her tongue sticking out is adorable!).

(I don't care if Kate's eyes are closed, I still think her tongue sticking out is adorable!).

A little black church in Iceland by Thuy Minh Hussey

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Budir is located in the western region of Iceland, in the Snaefellsnes peninsula. There is a little black church there, located between the mountains and the sea. I just couldn't believe that I got to be there, it was so beautiful and completely opposite to my every day life in Virginia.

Workshop: The Path / Photographer: Instant de Vie Photographer / Stylist: Augusta Cole / Dress: Maria Lluisa Rabell / Jewelry: Kristin Hayes Jewelry / Makeup: Fanney Rosa / Model: Bryndis Lif / Scans: Photovision