Snug between fleece sheets I pulled my iPhone from under my pillow and through the cracked screen I gave the weather report a major side eye on a very cold Saturday morning. I was looking forward to this shoot because the location was pretty awesome but 19 degrees being the high with 30 mph winds made me sigh. The previous Saturday was so nice, we were hopeful those temps would show face again. NOT! Leslie Michelle didn’t seem to be too bothered by it. She served it up with every click. After all was said and done I was happy with what I captured.
Them: “You do that so well. How do you do it?”
Me: “Well, ummm, first, ummm, then I *blank stare* well i can’t quite explain all the details, you just have to watch me.” <---- famous words.
Photography is something I love, but explaining, even to myself, how to consistently get a ‘good’ image wasn’t always easy. The worst is having trusting people in front of your camera and you’re fumbling through your settings because you just can’t get right.
Since December 4th of this year, I hope that is a thing of the past for me. I had the privilege of attending DFinney Photo’s last mentoring session of 2015. It's not until someone asks you how long have you been doing a thing until you actually realize, wow, I’ve been at this a while! Then the next emotion is, I should know better, then the following emotion is snap out of it and absorb. That is what I did. Danni teaches with such simplicity, if you’re a person who likes to complicate things it can be hard to comprehend. Such thought was put into the class, choosing the model, locations, literally everything. I now walk down the street noticing natural reflectors and holding myself back from asking strangers ‘Can I take your photo? This light is great!' I used to comment on Danni’s photos and say ‘you had to use flash for THIS one’ and her response was always, au naturale. I’m grateful that she takes time out to help others. One of the first things she said the morning of the mentoring session was, 'I’m not trying to groom an army of little DFinneys'. We all have personal style, and thats a beautiful thing about us as individuals, but we can learn so much from each other. Thank you Danni!!
Our model for the day, Akua was EVERYTHING!
I tried my hand at pet photography yesterday. My first pet was a Bichon Frise named Whitey. I think dogs are cute but I'm not an "animal person". Whitey was cool though. He is 13 years old and very active. I was very excited to get his white fur on a colored background. In the studio we took photos against grey and red but the grey was just right. Here are a few pictures from our time together.
I am challenging myself to take on regular personal photography projects. All these photos were taken with one light and a 50 mm macro lense. The tomatoes are my favorite!
These are some of the sweetest kids I know. Lil CJ didn't want me to leave after the shoot. He melted my little heart as he cleaned out the backseat between their car seats to make room for me.
This little cutie wasn't in the mood for photos on this snowy day in February. I did get a few cute shots but for the most part this was her sentiment for most of the shoot. What can you do!
Tiffany Noble is the talented owner of Hair I Am. She has been a hair stylist for over 16 years and decided to do have a photo shoot to promote her business. Here are just a few images we captured.
I love this photograph for two main reasons. (1) The permanent smiles they wear so beautifully. Not to mention that pink lip color that gives a perfect pop. (2) The way the sun acts like a hair light. Lighting them from behind so perfectly.
These two will marry in 2014 in Louisiana, USA.