I have received a ton of responses to the Photo Shoot Setup.
I enjoy giving away trade secrets, so here is that exact same setup, but it's at camera level. You can see how the trees, which are about a block away, are in the proper perspective to the model.
As for myself being in the shot, it has nothing to do with vanity. Really.
I do look like the prototype for the Abominable Snowman from the Rudolf the Reindeer Christmas special.