Last week shoot wasn't very planned well. I had no theme, or idea of what I was doing, even after I saw my client I was still unsure how to go about things. I think I picked a spot that was convenient for me, but in reality I could've down that shoot anywhere with a tall grass. I pretty much wasted a spot... A prime spot.
This week I wanted things to be a little more planned. This was my 2nd non paid shoot since telling myself I would only shoot for compensation, but if I must defend myself this was in the works before making that rule. My subject was Lexi Nicole, I saw her modeling through a local photographer's 500px page. I thought I'd add her on Instagram and see if she was interested in the project, thankfully she was. I sent her a look I'd been looking to do for a little while. It wasn't anything too complex, but the outfit and location did play a huge part in completing the photograph. I've had wardrobe issues in the past, so I was very keen on what I wanted, and Lexi came through, it was even more perfect that she already had all the items in her wardrobe, so we were able to shoot the same day. Read More
Missing the last 2 weeks of my Places & Spaces project really helped me sit back and put some things into perspective. Last week I told myself that I would only be doing sessions that were paid, since people didn't seem to value my time and efforts. But I did have a few contacts that I had spoke with before, and instead of bringing new terms to our agreement I figured I'd do them one last gesture.
I had spoke to Shelby a little while ago, at the time she was out of town, but she informed me once she touched down she'd reach out to me. She did exactly that. I really didn't know what to plan for her, I just knew I had one day before I missed the 3rd week and I wasn't trying to have that happen. She approached me with an idea to wear a retro styled 70's outfit, big hair, jeans that flare at the bottom and a little brown vest. The theme was cool, but I had no idea how to match the idea to a location, and very little time to figure it out. With one day of planning I decided we would go to the Detroit Riverwalk, it was a bail out location, but I knew it would do the job. They have this area towards the end of the walk that has a little pond, a dirt trail, and some greenery. I figured why not, it was close, easy and effective. Read More
Week 27 was a defining moment for me. It was the second half of my project, all the mistakes I made in the past were in the past. It was time to do great shit, next level if I may add. I want the future of this project to be based on a different aesthetic, not the typical girl in grass scene I've always done, but something more abstract and risky. Read More
I've never completed anything in my life... And I don't say that because I think it's cool, I say it because I've never attempted anything. I've always had thoughts, ideas, and a big imagination, but never enough strength to bring anything to fruition.
When I started this project I didn't know what to expect, I just know I sucked at taking portraits, and I was super uncomfortable around people. Read More
WEEK 26!!!! I made it to the halfway mark (technically there is 53 weeks in 2015, but whatever). I'm super excited, I thought the first time I missed a week I would have ditched this project, but for whatever reason I've persevered and stayed with it. Over this time period I've grown so much... I'll save all this for a separate post though. Let's get into this weeks shoot. Read More
Consistency, consistency, consistency... For the last 6 weeks I've been pretty consistent with my project. Things have been going great, I've seen growth in both my photography and my communication, so I'm happy this is working out as planned. Read More
Finding men to participate in my Places & Spaces project has been one of my biggest challenges, see when it comes to men I like to not only focus on modeling, but fashion as well. I think it plays a big part in the final part of the image, gives the shoot an edge, or a look it wouldn't otherwise be able to illustrate. And if we're being completely honest I guess I can say it helps cover up any lack of experience the model may have. as the apparel becomes the focal point.
When I came across Diallo, I was impressed with his style, as well as his posing techniques. His look is definitely original, and he embodies his style, you can see it in every shoot, you can tell he did his research, and you can also tell that his unique style is something that is true to him. Read More