Is it too early to start celebrating Halloween yet? I was going to wait to post these images but the leaves are starting to change….
This weekend I stepped out of my comfort zone and attended a seminar for professional and aspiring makeup artists. I love playing with makeup and have been wearing it since I was 13 years old.
Did you know you can combine your love for cosplay with one of my boudoir sessions? Maya came to me with a great idea for a not so average boudoir session.
If you can't tell by now I love to do themed sessions. I love putting together concepts and planning everything out. For this shoot Nastacia wanted to do a 1920s flapper girl theme.
Since the last colored smoke session I have been itching to do another one.
Lately I have seen a lot of people commenting on how they are not a huge fan of Valentine's Day. But what if we turned this holiday around?
One of my favorite parts of putting together a creative shoot is designing the set. I love the research that goes in to it and creating something new.
Collaborating with new models fun as they bring new ideas and concepts to the shoot. I met model Chloe Selene on a Facebook model group a few months ago.
A week ago I was on Facebook and saw an ad for a cooking class being held downtown. I have been looking for ways to meet new people since I am still fairly new to town and this looked perfect! I love to cook and could meet people at the same time!
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a local model who wanted to do an outdoor winter session. Unfortunately it has not snowed here all winter.
Recently, I read a blog on Petapixel by Jenna Martin called "Ugly Places, Pretty Portraits: I Did a Photo Shoot in Lowe's" and was intrigued by the concept.(You can see Ms. Martin's blog here https://petapixel.com/2017/11/21/ugly-places-pretty-portraits-photo-shoot-lowes/ Ms.Martin decided that instead of shooting in a typical portrait setting she would challenge herself with a location that had horrible lighting and ugly backdrops. Her location for this shoot was a big name home improvement store, Lowe's.
I love a good challenge and decided to try my hand at this one as well. After talking with my model, Zayda, we set a date and some rules for this shoot. No strobes or flashes were to be used during this shoot, only the available lighting. Zayda would wear a nice dress and heels just like any other portrait shoot. Additionally, we would not photograph in an area that had people in the background.. So with these guidelines we set off!
As it is the Christmas season Lowe's was packed with lots of shoppers the day of our shoot. This just added to our challenge but I was up for it! I did a quick walk around before Zayda arrived to get an idea of what lighting was available and to scout a few locations. Once she arrived we only spent about an hour shooting. One Lowe's employee got a kick out of us shooting by all of the building materials. We had a great time and I am looking forward to doing more of these challenges. I think during the new year I will be doing something similar at least once a quarter. If you are a model and interested just send me a message under my contact page. Now without further ado here are the results of our shoot! I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we enjoyed creating them!
I am excited to announce that some of my images got published in the NM CliQ Magazine. Thank you so much to Jan Terrazas for putting this shoot together and modeling for this concept. A big thank you also to Andrew Billau, and Alex Mirabal for modeling for me as well. I met alot of great people at this themed shoot and am looking forward to working with them again. While only a few images got selected for the magazine I included all the images in this blog. Enjoy!
Model: Maya Mikayla Roybal
Sometimes when I talk about boudoir, women give a scrunched up face and comments such as, "Oh no I just couldn't! I need to lose weight, tone up, don't have time, etc." I believe this reaction comes from the media and fashion magazines pushing this "perfect" body image. It is important for me to show just how beautiful each woman is through my photography.
The planning for this shoot started several years ago when I saw other photographers using items from home improvement stores for their shoots. I just love creating unique pieces as well as seeing ordinary objects in a new light.
I am always surprised when I ask models if the have a comp card and get told no or that it is out of date. So what is a comp card? Comp cards (short for composite card) are a marketing tool for both models and actors.