Week 45: 52 Week Creative Portrait Project

I was supposed to blog this last year, but life and work and work and work happens, and I guess it's better late than never! This beautiful lady came dressed to the nines for her photo shoot! She got the 1950s look totlly right, and I was super excited to get a chance to work on these cute photos. I decided to take her photos and mimic the look of 1950s fashion ads, one for lipstick and one for eye glasses. Thank you Elizabeth for allowing me to photograph you! Let me know what you think of Week 45 in the comments!

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Week 44: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My challenge for Week 44 was to create a manipulated image of my lovely friend Kim as the ringmaster of her own circus. Kim is an overall-amazing person and has one of the biggest hearts. She does a lot for the local animal rescue community and we love her commitment to promoting animal welfare. I decided it would be fun to do a photo shoot featuring a few of her rescue cats as part of her circus (don't worry, no cats were harmed making this photo!). I would love to know what you think about Week 44 in the comment section!

Week 43: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My challenge for Week 43 was to create a sinister pumpkin character photo shoot in the middle of a brightly-lit day. A behind-the-scenes shot is the 2nd photo in the gallery below. My lovely friend Andi (who is also an amazing masseuse and photographer) kindly took a few hours to come model for me, and we found this gnarly old tree almost immediately. I was particularly happy to find it so soon, because my equipment can be heavy and I wasn't looking forward to dragging it around the woods! This tree was perfect because it had so much texture and depth, and I was able to experiment with moving the light around it to create different effects and lighting angles. I achieved my desired lighting configuration by pushing my Alien Bee B800 to full power and arranging my camera accordingly. The pumpkin mask was purchased from Spirit Halloween. I had attempted to carve a pumpkin for this shoot myself but I failed miserably. I would love to know what you think of Week 43 in the comment section!

Week 42: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My challenge for Week 42 was to create minimalistic artistic nude photos. My lovely model Kat met me at the beach on a very bright, windy day. The wind was an unexpected element to this shoot because it was gusting so strongly that the sand was literally everywhere in the air. Initially I was annoyed that the sand was in all of my photos (and in my shoes, hair, clothes etc) but when I began to look through the photos on my laptop, I realized that the sand in the photos was actually quite beautiful. I have selected my absolute favorites to share with you. Please let me know what you think of Week 42 in the comments!

Week 41: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My idea for Week 41 was to create a complete look for a shoot using only the color red. My beautiful model for this week is Sherry. We shot this outdoors on a sunny day, using one of my red gowns and a piece of red velvet for the backdrop. I used my trusty Nikon D7000, pocket wizards and Paul C. Buff Alien Bee B800 and beauty dish. Let me know what you think of Week 41 in the comment section!

Week 40: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My idea for Week 40 was to create a fortune-teller inspired look. I'm pretty happy with how these turned out, especially since I had an unexpected challenge for this particular week; the winds were so strong from a nearby hurricane that my equipment was knocked over repeatedly and there was no chance of doing the full set that I had originally planned.

My lovely model for this week was Marina, who is an amazing local fire dancer. Her incredible makeup look was created by Alyx Adkins, a beauty advisor for Dior in Cordova Mall (Pensacola). Marina rocked this shoot, and despite the diffuclt weather and lighting conditions, I think we made something pretty beautiful. I would love to hear what you think about Week 40 in the comment section!

 

Week 39: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My inspiration for Week 39 was those popular Snapchat filters that you see everywhere. I decided to take a few of them and create their real-life equivalents. Desiree was kind enough to model for me for Week 39 and put up with my less-than stellar crafting skills ;)

Let me know what you think of the IRL Snapchat photo challenge in the comment section!

Week 38: 52 Week Creative Photo Challenge

My challenge for Week 38 was to create a look using minimal equipment and lighting. My lovely model for this week was Dawn. To get this red-light look, I triggered an Alien B400 (gelled red) with my regular flash. I wanted it to create a sort of pop but edgy look for this shoot, and I think that we accomplished it for sure! Thanks to Dawn for stepping in at the last minute, and for letting me take her house over for this shoot. Let me know what you think of Week 38 in the comment section!

Week 37: 52 Week Creative Photo Challenge

Week 37 was so much fun! I wanted to test out these cool-burning smoke bombs, and this challenge week was perfect for it. My sweet model for this week was Olivia. She did a great job posing within the 30-60 second time frame for each smoke bomb, and she braved the rain that morning for these photos. Even though this shoot was pretty quick, I loved seeing the effects of the smoke bomb. I will definitely have to add this effect in more often to my shoots. What do you think of Week 37? Let me know in the comment section!

Week 36: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

When your drop-dead gorgeous friend asks you to make her look like a Grecian goddess, you really can't say no. This challenge was hastily put together after schedule conflicts with the original model for this week, so my sweet friend Erica stepped in for me.

We got up super early and drove out to the beach to catch the sunrise. We were surprised at how many people were there so early, and I am sure that they were surprised to see us, too.

Erica was of course absolutely stunning in this killer Victoria's Secret piece. We played with the sunrise and ocean waves and got some amazing shots.

Let me know what you think of Week 36 in the comment section!

 

Week 35: 52 Week Creative Project

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
― Oscar Wilde, The picture of Dorian Grey

My inspiration for Week 35 came from the novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey, by Oscar Wilde. 

If you're not familiar with this book, I'll summarize for you: A young man named Dorian Grey has his portrait painted by an artist. Afterwards, Dorian expresses a wish to sell his soul, and that his portrait will age rather than himself. His wish is granted and he becomes reckless and immoral, but stays looking young because his portrait is aging for him.

My challenge for this week was to create an aged look for my model Drake (26 years old) and to stylize the photo so that it looks more like a painting. Let me know what you think of Week 35 in the comment section!

Week 34: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My challenge for Week 34 was to create a surreal underwater photo shoot using rose petals. The pool was unfortunately not clear enough for the type of underwater shoot that I had planned, but I worked around it and reconfigured my original idea to work. My lovely model for Week 34 was Bonnie. She was amazing and very poised, especially given how difficult this type of shoot is. I owe a HUGE thank you to Ann Mangum Photography for assisting me AND letting me take over her beautiful house and pool for several hours. Also thanks to Drake, Elizabeth and Cameron for assistance and behind-the-scenes photos and video, which you can see below the photo gallery Please let me know what you thought of my Week 34 challenge in the comment section!

Week 33: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My challenge for Week 33 was to challenge my technical skills by doing a photo shoot inspired by this shoot by legendary photographer Benjamin Von Wong. To do this shoot, I asked my friend Cherie to dust off her ballet skills and pose for me. Her parents kindly let us set up in their yard. I also borrowed their rotating sprinkler to create the water droplets and set up my backdrop and portable strobe lights. I was super impressed with Cherie's compsure while water hit her in the face repeatedly. Cherie did an amazing job of posing and looking totally cool in all of her shots. I have chosen my favorites from this week below. Let me know what you think of Week 33 in the comment sections!

Week 32: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My Week 32 challenge was so freaking cool. My badass friend Justine usually spins fire (like for Week 8 and Week 12), or jumps out of planes, but for this she used her spinning skills to create an awesome paint splatter canvas. A huge part of this shoot was documenting the creative paint spinning process, and there are a ton of photos, but I chose just my top favorites for the blog. This was a lot of work and preparation, and we were both covered in paint by the end of this shoot, but it was so worth it. Let me know what you think of Week 32 in the comment section!

Week 31: 52 Week Creative Photo Challenge

My challenge for Week 31 was to photograph action with dramatic , high contrast lighting. My subjects for this week were Trace and William, two local athletes. You can see some of my favorites from this shoot below! Let me know what you think of Week 31 in the comment section.

Week 30: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

Week 30's challenge was to create a painted portrait look using makeup. Gina was my muse for this project, and then my lovely artist friend Jenny Kalifeh (you might remember her from Week 26) made the look possible for me with makeup. I decided to do additional editing to the image using my new favorite app/addiction, Prisma. Let me know what you think of Week 30 in the comment section!

Week 29: 52 Week Creative Photo Challenge

Week 29 had am unexpected challenge; I had to find a replacement model for the shoot. Victoria stepped in at the last minute and did an amazing job with the modeling, hair, and makeup. My idea for this shoot was to create a creepy porcelain doll character. Victoria is currently training to be a cosmetologist and she really brought my vision to life. The dress and apron are both out of my studio wardrobe collection. I've included a  few behind the scenes photos near the bottom. Please let me know what you think of Week 29 in the comments!

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Week 28: Creative Photo Challenge

Week 28 didn't go as planned. Nothing has gone as planned lately, so we just rolled with it and made a cool (and slightly menacing) character for the shoot. We decided to go with a macabre hooded plague doctor character. My model for Week 28 was local creative author Jessica Halsey, and she helped bring this frightening character to life. Thanks to Drake and Tom for providing assistance on this shoot! Let me know what you think of Week 28 in the comments below!

Week 27: 52 Week Creative Photo Challenge

I had an unexpected challenge for Week 27---I had to find a new model and a new concept for the week. My original model had to cancel due to illness, so I asked my lovely friend Lo to help me out. I was hoping she would be willing to do a steampunk-themed shoot, and she was only too happy to help. Erica and Lo and I brought our collective wardrobes together, and with some props, put together this last-minute steampunk look. These photos were all done in public spaces in downtown Mobile. I have included a side-by-side behind the scenes image for you at the bottom, so you can see how it looked on a cell phone versus with crafted lighting and expertise. I have not altered the comparison photos except to put them together.

Behind the Scenes Shots Below

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Week 26: 52 Week Creative Portrait Challenge

My Week 26 challenge was to create a triple exposure (you might remember when I did multiple-exposure photos back in April using only the in-camera option). This time was different, because my model, Jenny Kalifeh, is an accomplished artist (you can see her work HERE) and her work inspired me to make triple-exposure photos using her art as the image overlays and combining it with her portrait. I used the Google Nik Collection Photoshop Plugin to edit these. I have also included a few of the photos of her art that I took to create the layered look. Let me know what you think of Week 26 in the comment section!