You might have noticed that when you scroll through my instagram, my images don't all match each other like a lot of other photographers. I do not have a set style. I have a set way of shooting so that all my images have that consistency, but no set editing. I always thought that you needed all your images to have a certain feel that is consistent. I am not sure how much I believe in that now.
I think that each session and each person are different and therefore deserve and require different editing strategies. I am not sure if this comes from me just wanting to do what I want, or if it comes from the fact that my images don't have the same colors. I have been working on finding my "style" but I don't think it matters all that much anymore. It would be nice for my images to be vaguely similar, but they already are by how and what I shoot.
I would love to have a solid style, but I am not sure that I ever will. I am a photographer for the art, and helping others see and feel what I do when I capture that something or someone.
My mom and I were going through some old family photos from when my mom was a baby recently, and we think someone in the family must have been a photographer. Or at least really good with a camera. I haven't been up to a whole lot recently, but it is Monday, which means blog post day! So, instead of sharing my photography, I have decided to share one of my family's photographs that we found. This is my grandma. Taken around the 60s. Classic Nan.
One day I want a love like my mom and dad. They met in San Diego while dad was in the Navy and mom was a waitress. Mama always says that she knew she would end up with dad someday even if it wasn't back in 1995. It may have taken a few marriages, but somehow they would be together.
I look up to them so much and always have. Mom was my age when she met dad and yeah that is a little scary on my end; but since I have been shooting more weddings with local photographers, I cannot help but think how happy two people can be with one another. On that happy scale, my mom and dad are pretty high up there. I am so thankful for my parents and what they have taught me about love and life. So, one day, I hope to have an epic love like theirs.
There are a few things that I have to say about Balboa Park in San Diego, California.
1. It was beautiful and full of art.
2. The Museum of Photographic Arts was a let down, but there was one or two very neat artists.
3. I have decided that I am in love with these cacti (cereus maybe? If you know for sure then you should let me know ;) ).
If you are ever in San Diego and are looking for museums and scenery, then I do suggest Balboa Park. Even if you are not interested in art and things, the zoo is right next door! Thank you Balboa for the amazing chance to capture your beauty! https://www.balboapark.org/
This past week was the last time I will be visiting San Diego for a long while. My grandmother used to live in Poway; but within the last five years, she got cancer twice and after her moving to South Carolina so we could help, she passed. She wanted to be in the ocean when she died and we didn't think it was right to put her in the Atlantic. Grandma was a Southern California girl all the way and loved the ocean and palms of California.
It was a beautiful ceremony and family that I haven't seen in years was there to celebrate her life. I wanted to share some of the photos from my trip, but I couldn't just post them and pretend there was a happy reason that I was there. I see Grandma everywhere and I hope you can see her beautiful influence in some of these images.
In order to successfully procrastinate, you will need two things - a reason and an idea. Madi and I were bored and unmotivated to do our homework one day, so we took matters into our own hands and decided to try a witch inspired photo shoot in the hobbit hole of her room. It was very dark, so I had the ISO up to high (which is scary high on my camera). We just tried some things and the best part is, we didn't have to study!
For those of you that have attended Clemson University, you've probably been to the mailroom. It looks a little run down and it's not a place that I ever wanted to spend hoards of my time. However, when you look closely at places that seem like nothing, you can find some really neat patterns and things. For example, the mailboxes are beautiful. So don't forget that you can always find something wherever you are, even if it's a less desirable place.
Have you ever had one of those days where you are motivated to something, but you have no idea what you want to do? It happens to me all the time in photography. I got a need to shoot, but don’t have any plans made to do it. Those are the days when I turn to my mom, a makeup artist, and have her pick a client to have their makeup done and get a photoshoot with me. I flip through Pinterest and find one picture that I love to start ripping into. This inspiration picture helps me find a palette, location ideas, and makeup styles that I want to use.
I tell mom what I’m going for, and she perfectly puts it into the model’s makeup. Once everything is all done with the model’s styling, we go out! Sometimes it’s as far as the backyard, other times it’s a trip downtown. Then we just do it. I do my thing and make my model feel beautiful and natural.
Things like that usually solve my problem of having a need to shoot, but not knowing what. The other times that I go out, when I have a plan, I pull inspiration from everything: Pinterest, music, life, books, my friend David, and my family pitches in ideas too. Sometimes the best ideas hit when I drive to and from home on those backroads with old houses and farms.