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  • Writer's pictureViolet Schrage

Goths and the Great Pumpkin

Mary and I went location scouting in search of an actual patch on a farm, instead of a concrete lot on which pumpkins and corn stalks were placed (which most were). We finally decided the McGrath Pumpkin Patch really fit our hopes for an authentic location.




The McGrath farm company was very accommodating, allowing us to shoot there with no limitations, the people running the show at the venue were courteous and helpful.


On the day of the shoot, I arrived after an hour or so drive out to the "country" ...in BLISTERING HEAT. It was at least 115 when I got out of the car, an hour before the models were to arrive. I waited under the umbrella to see if the heat could be handled, any ray of sun that even touched my stocking covered leg was actually painful... so the shoot was almost canceled.


Extremely disappointed, I figured I'd give it an hour, and lucky for us... the temp began to decline, hour by hour, enough to be outside. I placed everyone in different fun scenarios... some of the goths were reluctant to do the pretend line-group-kissing photo.. tho turned out well.


My favorite shot was walking through the pumpkin patch, which is what inspired the whole endeavour.









A few of the normal peeps coming to buy pumpkins, did give the goths a curious look, which amused us.





Many of us selected a choice Halloween pumpkin before we left.


By the end.. (at least I was) most definitely heat-exhausted, we made our way to a nice little sushi restaurant and had a very tasty meal.


I would have fully recommended taking kids and yourselves to this particular patch for a lovely experience, in a REAL pumpkin patch you can lose yourself in. Unfortunately, only a year later after this shoot was taken... the McGrath farm decided to close business as a pumpkin patch after 40 years.




There is another Mcgrath Patch in ventura here- http://www.greatpacificpumpkins.com/















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Claire Smitty
Claire Smitty
Oct 10, 2020

I love this so much!!!

Violet, this was such a great day! Thank you for including me!! Your photos are gorgeous and your artful eye and direction have delivered some of my favorite photos that have been taken of me - ever!!

Also, I love how now I'm closer to a few of these wonderful people!! I was nervous to accidentally get lipstick on Tenebrae's white cheek....and now I just would have licked him!!!!

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Anthony Medina
Anthony Medina
Oct 07, 2020

I had fun being part of this. Violet always has the coolest photoshoots.

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Mary Soracco
Mary Soracco
Oct 07, 2020

This was one of the most fun shoots we have undertaken together! I just loved hanging with this diverse group of people, all talking about how EXCITED FOR HALLOWEEN we were!! Even though it was awfully warm outside, we were definitely in a fall mood. Thanks for your great big talent and hard work!

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myzerie
Oct 07, 2020

This was fun!! As hot as it was, Sam and I had such a great time! I miss doing shoots with you!

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Dani Simpson
Dani Simpson
Oct 07, 2020

I had the best time during this shoot! <3 Thanks for sharing. You are immensely talented.

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