Sunday, July 27, 2008
I met Shirlee through our mutual friend Audra, whom I've known for what feels like forever. Audra and I went to school together a good decade ago and have somehow managed to keep inviting/showing up to one another's birthday parties ever since, even if we don't see each other much of the rest of the year. May be bizarre, but it works for us. Well, the past few years, Shirlee has been in attendance at Audra's birthday parties as well.
So, Shirlee met Estevan and fell in love. This is the kind of couple that walks to the beat of their own drum. Shirlee is the type to break into dance regardless of who's watching. This made them SO much fun to photograph! Some brides are fearful of getting their dresses dirty, Shirlee got hers muddy and it didn't phase her. I just tried to keep up with them!
I love their photos because this is how it really happened. No one asked Shirlee to lay in the grass, she just plopped down! Incredible. :) I wish them nothing but the best.
And, of course, I have to throw one in of Audra! :)
Friday, July 25, 2008
I told Lisa that I don't like to plan to heavily for shoots. That I prefer, instead, to go with the flow and see what we come up with. She was happy with that as she looking to do something quite classic/clean portraits (as opposed to a heavy/complex concept). But, one thing neither of us planned on was rain!
We worked around it without too much trouble and I ended the night with a dry, functioning camera equipment. We took some shots inside too. Not having much furniture left made setting up a backdrop super simple. All in all, I'd call this one another successful shoot. *sigh* I love my job. :)
And, although it's a bit random, I really like this shot. :)
I used to bartend in a live music venue so, I've heard more than my fair share of beginning artists. Most nights, I wore ear plugs. Well, I wouldn't if this guy had been playing!
Clayton contacted me about a year ago for a shoot, and for whatever reason, it never happened. So, I was surprised to hear from him again but, this time he was ready to go.
We shot in a house mid-renovation which made for a difficult atmosphere. Mostly due to all the dust. All of my camera equipment came home with a layer of it but, it was well worth the clean up. I think this guy is onto something big. :)
Greg Wilker, another photographer, runs a blog that reviews and interviews photographers called Photograview. Last week he asked to feature some of my artwork, which I think is so super cool! Some of the other photographers shot self-portraits for their articles so, I did the same. :) The interview is online now here at Photograview.com.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
A couple months back, a talented artist named Mandi contacted me via MySpace because she liked my photography. She was looking for better photos of some of her work and suggested we collaborate. So when Andrea contacted me in regards to a shoot, I thought of Mandi.
Our theme changed several times until we just went with the flow and as it ends up, Andrea's back was painted with flowers and I put her in a pool. What a great model. People seem to think modeling must be so easy, to just sit there in front of a camera, but there's a huge difference between those with experience and those without.
I really enjoyed working with another artist on this one & I hope to do similar projects in the future. :)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
As a special summer treat, my brother, boyfriend, and I traveled down to the Keys to spend time with our families. We had a blast & took quite a few photos. I'm always on a search for the newest, easiest ways to share my photos and my latest venture is Flickr. Yeah, I'm a little late on the Flickr train, but better late then never.
The photos from our adventure are HERE
Sunday, July 6, 2008
One of my favorite things to do is to trade trades! My good friend Chris works in a warehouse that prints shirts so, when my brother came up with the perfect t-shirt slogan, I knew I had to design it!
Chris has been a musician for as long as I've known him and if there's one thing musicians need, it's promo shots. So, after we spent a couple hours shooting I started editing while he went to the warehouse to print my shirts! He made me a super cool sweat shirt as a bonus. I love it! Please let me know if you're interested in a BARACK OUT shirt! :)
Friday, July 4, 2008
What started as a late night chat about having absolutely nothing to do tonight became an even later night photo shoot. Amanda isn't the type of girl to suggest playing dress-up. Instead, her interests lie in school and politics. But, tonight she let me make the rules. Despite feeling like she looked like David Bowie, she was an awesome model. After a couple beers, and way too much Whataburger, I'm left with another fab 100 frames & definitely ready for bed!