On a positively frigid morning, in early March, we met up with Sedona Feretto and Sally LoMonaco at The Parthenon in Nashville. Sally is an actress, writer, director and producer, from L.A., who had come to town to visit Sedona. Prior to the visit, the two talked with us about doing a fun Greek cosplay shoot at our local landmark.
For those unfamiliar with Nashville, we have a full-scale replica of Athen's Parthenon located right in the middle of the city in Centennial Park, that was designed and built in 1897 for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Today it stands as an art museum, and was featured in the first Percy Jackson film. It made the perfect backdrop for our Greek shoot.
Sally came in as Hestia, virgin goddess of the hearth, the right ordering of domesticity, the family, the home, and the state. Sedona came as Athena, goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare. It was 28˚, and these young ladies were here in thin costumes for a shoot. We stopped between each few shots for everyone to huddle under blankets and plan the next shot.
After the shoot, the next challenge was the edits. Photography is more than just taking the shot, it's also about creating the images as invisioned. With a shoot like this, with the costumes and the backdrop, you want it to look like the goddesses are at the real Parthenon, or even Olympus. While our backdrop helped, to some degree, it also presented it's challenges too. Spotlights, parking lots, fence posts, all of which had to be avoided in shooting, or edited out in post production.
Check out the galleries to see the outcome of this great shoot!