These past couple of weeks have been so crazy! But, I've had the best time through the chaos. Megan Rose, my incredible blogger buddy, wanted to go to the same hot air balloon festival as me! So we collaborated and had a great day of fast food and floating festivities. Of course the food was overpriced, and the parking was craziness, but it was all worth it to see these gorgeous balloons take flight. Such a great day!
p.s. for Megan
I owe you some chicken nuggets!
Yesterday my new friend Mia came over for a photoshoot. She brought a bunch of roses and other flowers for us to fill the tub with. Since the whole room is white we used my external flash so that we could illuminate the whole room. Essentially I was trying to make the whole room a giant softbox. It was kind of a spur of the moment idea to do this shoot. Originally Mia wanted to do a pressed flower shoot, but once Abby (our model) came over the idea shifted to make these shots! The shoot was so much fun! Hopefully we'll be collaborating again sometime soon!
Here are a couple of my shots from the shoot! To see more photos from this shoot check out my portfolio!
Also, check out Abby and Mia's Instagram accounts!
Mia (photographer) apbearture_photos
Abby (model) abbbbyyy143
I'm so happy to have studio space again. I absolutely love working in the studio because you can control every element of the photo that is being taken. I have so many backdrops that I use, but by far my favorite is my dark gray seamless paper. Seemless paper is a bit more expensive, but quality is better than quantity. With seamless paper the backdrop is very distinct from the subject in focus. I used to use muslin, but seamless paper is my go-to since it's so crisp. Hiatt took a couple photos of me in the studio just for fun, and they each came out quite distinctively. I can't wait to do more studio work in the future!
Now that I'm back in Charlotte I finally have my studio space back! This morning I met with an incredible model De'Onna. She was an incredible energy to have and such a talent! I posed her photos under my fashion photography section if you are interested in checking her out. Her posing was so precise that it was a snap to shoot her. I'll include a couple of her photos below. But if you have the chance definitely check her out on Instagram, she is incredibly talented. @db.lovelybanks
I just can't help myself when the moon is out. I take so many photos of the moon, it's almost comical. I got some great shots in Maine this past week with my family. It was a little hard to keep focus of the moon while on the boat, but I got some great captures overall. I want to work more getting long exposure shots in the future, so for the next week I will be researching locations so I can take more. Hopefully for the upcoming eclipse I will be able to get some good shots while in Charlotte!
I spent the day on a vinyard in Skaneateles for a family photoshoot. It was lovely weather out, and we picked up a fantastic bottle of Pinot Grigio after we had finished. Skaneateles has so many beautiful locations to shoot at. It was hard not to stop at every location we scouted.
When I am taking pictures I typically try to shoot in the woods, or more typically in fields. The reason I choose these locations for shooting is because it allows to accentuate the beauty of the individual or family being captured. Placing people in natural surroundings allows the eye to be entertained by not only the individual but also the surrounding making the photo more mesmerizing. I love scouting out locations for shooting portrait photography. The adventure keeps me on the edge of my seat, and when I do find the perfect location the feeling of a successful search keeps me wanting more.
This morning Hiatt and I woke up early for a 6:00 am photoshoot. We went to this incredible field to capture the morning light on the lake. Hiatt also managed to take some photos of me, which were greatly appreciated since I haven't gotten a picture of myself to post online in a while.
I have spent the past week in Upstate New York with my family to see the Antique and Classic Boat Show. The show was incredible, and my granddad won a prize which was fantastic. This year was probably the largest turn out of them all. There was boat painting for the children (only $5), a band performance, and great restaurants in the area.
As far as the weather went, there were a couple of cold days followed by very warm clear days. The good weather allowed for us to indulge in a variety of water sports. Waterskiing was incredible. In the morning and late evening the water was very calm, the afternoon though was a bit choppy.
The photo I've included below is the Judge, a mail boat that delivers to cottages along the lake. They also host tours on the boat that include meals. Its distinctive horn alerts natives and visitors of its presence. I have a passion for old boats, so seeing this amazing vessel daily is a real pleasure.
So this week I got my first film camera! I'm so very excited to shoot with it. So I will be shooting in 35mm using film (200 ISO). I am going to start out taking pictures of friends, family, and the places I travel for the remainder of the summer. I can't wait to get my first rolls of film developed!