Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Celebrating Spring

So this past weekend, one of the models I've worked with called and asked for a favor. The photographer scheduled to do a lifestyle shoot canceled and she needed a photographer. I'm not much of a lifestyle person, one: I never quite get all the smiling, and two: it never really interested me. There is an art form to every type of photography and so I leave lifestyle to the photographers who are good at it. I mean, sure a pastry chef knows how to make lasagna, but really, wouldn't you rather have their fantastic cupcakes? I think in terms of fashion and beauty so the pictures in my head reflect that. But, I thought I'd give it the old college try. Well, I got some pretty good shots, but inevitably my favorite shots turned out to look more fashion than lifestyle. It looks like an ad campaign, and I absolutely love how whimsical and romantic the images are. Chris, Jennifer's boyfriend, has a fantastic backyard. His neighbor has a jasmine growing along the fence and it spills over onto their side creating a beautiful setting for my shots.Because of the time of day, the sun was especially harsh and turned out to be a lighting nightmare. To combat it, I put the model in front of the sun, and shot into the light, creating a gorgeous halo that softened the images. Make-up and hair was done by Christie Burton, she really did a great job.  Here are my favorite shots:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Something Old, Something New

Photography is an ever changing and evolving thing for me. It's amazing to go back and look at the shots I've taken over the years and compare them to my current work. Sunday Reece and I had a shoot planned, that was suppose to be elegant, and high fashion. Well, the muse is a fickle beast. LOL, we did make-up and hair, and chit chat turned into, 'Hey, didn't you have an afro wig?' Ha ha, did I! Two or three years ago I did a 'high fashion' shoot downtown Tampa with these wicked 80's prom bombs that I'd found. I bought three afro wigs to go with it. Blond, black and red. LOL, man...good times.  Here are some shots of what I did a few years ago:

Chuckie, a most awesome model, can make anything look great. The afro wig is so big that we had to put a towel underneath to pad it and make it big. LOL, so I know it had to be hot. But you can't tell. She made it look so easy.  

Any who. We pulled out the wig, did some crazy adjustments, and now my something old, looked like something new. As usual, Makayla completely owned the look and we turned out some great shots.