Tiktok dreams do come true!
I saw this trend a little while ago and finally got around to doing it! Not only did I get the exact shots that I was looking for, but I also was able to work with one of the most amazing couples! My original plan was to do this with my roommate and our boyfriends, but school comes first. . . so, I put a request on the instagram for two models and this lovely lady contacts me! They were such a pleasure to work with and made the most adorable pumpkin heads lol
I hope you enjoy!
Going off of last week's post. . .
This man. Jake Stokes. We went to high school together and if there was one person who could attest to the fact that practice makes perfect, it's him. We did a quick "session" junior year for practice and his modeling career (sorry Stokes, time to rat you out!). It went well, and I was pretty proud at the time. I used him as a model again for an idea that I had not too long ago, so we've got a good 4 years of growth right here.
You can definitely tell that my editing style has changed, but so has my shooting style. I used to shoot from above all the time because that was the thing to do to make people look good (it's not by the way). Now, I either shoot pretty straight-on or from below. I prefer to see the sky instead of the ground now! lol
The growth on Stokes part, omg. He has always been great to pose but he's really grown into his own. He also makes music now, so you can find him on soundcloud, I think. Stokes, comment below so that the people of the world can find you!
Things I have learned this season: 1) spooky just might not be my niche anymore (middle school me is very disappointed) and 2) I think I will stick to the lighter odd shots, not the darker creepy shots.
I planned this shoot for a hot minute as a challenge for myself and to embrace spooky season. I learned how to paper mache and got my paints out to make 5 masks for 5 models, but the whole thing did not 100% turn out how I wanted. For example, all the beginning images got tossed (it happens. . .). The last bunch of images in a new location were better, but the editing hurt my head for a while after that. Looking through the ones that were left, most of the final photos were just funny jokes for the models and I. I would say that I completed my challenge, but not to what I originally expected. The shoot took a turn and not for the worst. It was still a lot of fun and we got to see people while social distancing or wearing masks. What's better than that???
These are some of the images that we got out of our grand adventure
Here's a real time capsule for you!
All photographers have to start somewhere, and this is where I started. Many a years ago, 10th grade Sydney decided that she wanted to take a photography class because she had gotten a camera the summer before. While that class didn't necessarily teach me what I really wanted to know, I definitely learned the basics and history. Given that, I shot a lot of flowers and plants because people were scary. Don't get me wrong, I do occasionally get a little nervous while shooting portraits sometimes; but I had zero idea how to pose and direct.
A couple of years after that while applying to colleges, I decided that I needed more in my portfolio other than flowers and inanimate things. So, I went around my high school and asked random students if I could take their photo. It wasn't awful considering I hadn't taken photos of people before, but nothing compared to what I am able to do now. I still got into the college that I had applied to with the portfolio, but looking back, I have grown so much!
(it was SCAD by the way)
I slowly got better and eventually went to Clemson and got a job working with their photographers and the difference that made! Oh my goodness! So much progress! I worked with all sorts of clients and professionals and if you are someone looking to grow, I suggest reaching out to other photographers and see if they need help. Once I hit Clemson, I began helping with weddings and really building my business.
Okay now these are what you are here for! In chronological order, I present my progress. We all start somewhere. . .
And don't even get me started on the amount of style changes I went through!
Top Row: Early High School
Middle Row: Mid-Late High School
Bottom Row: Current
Clients always ask what they should and shouldn't do before a session; and while there really is not a right answer, these are just a few tips that I have picked up over the years!
1. If you are a person with facial hair, you should definitely tidy up your neck when you do your face.
2. Many people also try to change their facial routines before the session (deep exfoliation, new kind of wax, etc.), but I don't suggest that. If you are unsure about how your skin might react or haven't done it before, just stay on the safe side.
3. Wear something that you feel comfortable and confident in! I suggest solid and neutral colors that way you won't conflict with your house design when you print the photos and hang them up. Plus, some patterns show up funny on camera.
4. Remove the hair ties from your wrist!!!
5. Finally, do your thing and get ready to have an amazing session.
Don't forget that it's never too early to book graduation sessions for those December graduates! I can't wait to work with you!
I know you all missed me so much, right?? The pandemic has had my schedule all out of sorts for a hot minute, but I am back on a roll and ready to kick some blogging and photographing butt!
Here's 4 things you can expect for the rest of the year:
1. Fall Mini Sessions! October 24 with limited availability (BOOK NOW)
2. Spooky halloween content (so excited)
3. More in depth blog posts about photography and my sessions (see what I do)
4. Possibly some learning sessions given some interest (do you want to learn?)
I am so excited to get back to it and I hope that you are ready for the large amount of content that I will have soon! If you want to book a spot for the mini sessions, head over to the contact me page and I will get you on the books.
I hope you all stay safe and well! <3
A huge congratulations to Scott and Jamie on their engagement this week! I am beyond excited for these two and cannot wait to see how their future goes. Thank you both again for letting me hide out and capture this amaze balls moment!
Congrats to the lovely Hannah Korzen on graduating from Clemson University! Not only is this fabulous woman smart, but she likes PLANTS!
(Plants are superior, please try to change my mind.)
A big 'ol congratulations to Luke Smith for graduating in the midst of covid with a fancy scmancy degree in graphic design!
This has got to be one of the most fun shoots that I have done in a hot minute! Who doesn't love a little champagne explosions?!
Who doesn't love a Stokes shoot???
I know you guys don't know this man, but I have for about 5 years now and he never disappoints! I will have to share not only his glow up, but my photography glow up featuring him one of these days.
Anyway, with this shoot, I wanted to practice more direct light situations and I think I've got it down now! Check out my instagram to see more!