Truly, I am so lucky that I always get the coolest clients! And Skyler is definitely on my “cool clients” list. I seriously laughed the entire time because Skyler is so funny! We headed to Medford for his photo shoot, not knowing exactly where we’d shoot when we fell upon an awesome pile of rocks . . . typically I don’t get this excited about rocks but these ones were perfect. Thanks Skyler (and Jordan – Skyler’s friend who is a really good “poser” LOL). :)
Kayla is my first senior photo shoot of the season! YAY!
I had a great time with Kayla, her grandma, mom and boyfriend (as well her two younger sisters). Kayla is super photogenic and has the most gorgeous eyes! She took advantage of hair and make-up done by Kelcie of Serendipity Hair Studio which I highly recommend because it makes the senior photo shoot experience all that more exciting and special. Kayla looked amazing!
Thanks for a fun afternoon Kayla! Have a great senior year!
OMGosh, just when I needed it I stumbled upon this great article written by Tien Frogget titled “How to Find Your Unique Voice as a Photographer”. I highly recommend this article if you need inspiration and encouragement to find your creative voice as a photographer. It’s a little on the long side but so worth the read!
As an artist I am kind of moody and tend to get bored easily. I like change. I like excitement. I like “different” but sometimes find myself stuck in a rut. Not sure if this is good or bad but when I need inspiration I turn to other photographers. Sometimes it gets my creative juices flowing and I get so excited I start dreaming and want to grab my camera and go. But lately, I have been feeling more torn between following popular photography trends and finding my own creative voice.
When I’m doing “inspiration finding research” I look at tons and tons and tons of other photographers images. What I have been seeing for the past few years are the same poses and the same style of photography . . . people’s shoes, people’s feet, couples from the waist down, hand holding couples standing in front of a building looking separate ways, a bride with a blurry groom in the background, a groom with a blurry bride in the background, hands cupping a trinket, vintage vintage vintage! I think these images and poses are cute BUT they make me want to scream! When I see something done over and over for me it’s, well, it’s over! It’s time to move on to something new. For those of you who shoot in this style, please know that I am sincerely not cutting your craft! For those of you who love this style of photography, please know that I am sincerely not cutting your taste. I love all kinds of styles. To me it’s all art and I love art.
I am so lured by popular trends myself. Seriously, it’s all so cute and personal and quirky. But I want to do something different. I want to shoot what inspires me. I want to lose myself and forget about popular trends. I see my clients as unique individuals who deserve images that really reflect who they are and what they love and how they love and their unique quirks, sense of humor, serious nature or love of, oh, I don’t know . . . socks or something!
I wish for you (if you are struggling between what you think you should do and what you want to do) that you find yourself, your passion and your own unique style. If that includes shooting people from the waist down then do it! Do what makes your heart sing . . . just be yourself and don’t worry about trends.
Here are a few images that I really love for various reasons . . . who couldn’t love that doggy face though? Her name is Poppy and I am bananas for her!!!
Just had a great idea . . . please share one of your favorite images that you’ve taken or any photo that inspires you. Sharing is caring.
One final quote from Ms. Frogget – “Stop trying to make your photos adhere to everyone else’s rules, and they will stop looking like everyone else’s photos.”
The title to this post should be “Baby it’s Cold Outside” because it really really reeeeaaaalllllyyy was cold! I had hopes of doing this photo shoot outside in the beautiful daylight . . . we tried but we froze! Christine … Continue reading
At first the idea of a outdoor senior photo shoot at this time of year had me a little concerned because it’s been so incredibly cold and foggy ! But then I started to envision how beautiful a shoot in the fog would be and I got super excited! So I packed up my camera gear and headed to Medford on a foggy morning only to find out that Medford wasn’t foggy or even cloudy! Whatever Medford!! :)
Anyhow, Mckayla and her best friend Shani (she’s my next post) brought it to the shoot regardless of the frosty weather! Seriously! Gorgeous is all I can say about this photo shoot! :)