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.
Now that I am back in town I working on getting caught up here. In April Maya suggested we do an Earth Day shoot up on the mountain.
Since the last colored smoke session I have been itching to do another one.
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.
Almost a week ago Rachel came to me with an idea for a music video inspired shoot. She loved the styling in Demi Lovato's video "Sorry Not Sorry"
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!
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.
Before I made the cross country trek from Florida to New Mexico I got the opportunity to shoot one more session with sisters Elizabeth and Victoria Rose. I was so excited I got to try this concept with them. Feel free to leave them some love if you enjoyed their session.
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.
What is a head shot and why would you need one? A head shot simply is an image of a person, usually from the torso up. It does not have to just be of the head and torso however. Depending on what you are using it for and what you are trying to convey it can be simple or creative, head or full body, in a studio or in some type of environment.
As soon as I knew we were moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico I started scheduling more beach sessions to add to my portfolio. I have worked with model Tiffany French before and was happy she was available for one last session.