Gorgeous model Amanda brings Persephone to life here in this series of images that I photographed earlier this year.
These images were captured with the model being behind a pane of glass in a shower stall. Amanda was backlit by the window here. Water was present on the glass. And as an extra layer of texture and interest, I had decided not to clean the glass before shooting. There is a soft haze to several of the images.
The flowers are real Irises that I had obtained from a local grocery. They were clipped to a length that allowed me to inter-weave the stems into some coat hanger wire that I turned into a circlet.
Had an awesome time working with my good friend here, and always love her talent that she brings to the shoot. Thanks Amanda! You are fantastic. To follow more of Amanda’s work, click the photo to be taken to her Facebook actress page. She is wonderful!
Getting ready to embark on the journey of her life…
Grace is definitely one cool chick. Shy at first, but once you sit down and talk a little with her, you realize that you could have been best friends with her back in high school. She fondly refers to her group of friends at Union Academy as “The Nerd Herd”.
I loved planning her session with her. At our first meet up, we met at a coffee shop in Charlotte and enjoyed chatting about ideas and expectations for the shoot. I really wanted to get to know what she had in mind. Grace’s mom of course was spot on with the things Grace is interested in. Grace loves vintage style, classic looks, classic movies, classic music, and general geekery. Our trip to get coffee also was the perfect timing to get wardrobe picked out for the shoot. We found the most amazing looks and accessories for her session.
The next few days were used for planning the final elements of her shoot.
When the day of the shoot rolled around, we met at my studio to get prepped with hair and makeup. Everything just seemed to fall into place. I hope you love the outcome of Grace’s shoot as much as I do! Couldn’t ask for a more perfect day!
My original plans for this shoot were to get outside and photograph with the early morning light.. My plans were slightly foiled by the overcast weather, but that didn’t stop us! We got out and drove around until we came to an open field. We hopped out of the car and had fun! Thanks Jackie for an awesome morning! :)
Ever get excited when you hear the FedEx truck!? I DO!
The moment when you get so excited that the FedEx guy brought a shipment to you that your run into the kitchen, grab a knife, and run back out of the kitchen in giddiness.. and realize you have a pizza cutter. ..
Today, has been fabulous!
At approximately 2 am last night, the magazine I am in finally went live and we could view it. With beer in hand, my roommates and I squealed and ran to the computer, turned it on, and perused the magazine. There it was.. My six page feature. AMAZING-NESS.
Model Katie MacNab, Rachel MacNab, Nathan Dowdy and Stephen all part of this amazing project.
Then.. upon getting up this morning, I have had my eyes peeled for the FedEx Truck.. Basically watching out the window non stop until 1 pm rolled around and FedEx shows up with three packages, a bridal portrait, and two huge canvas prints.
SO THRILLED. They are simply all gorgeous. Bridal prints I can’t show just yet, but the canvas prints, are AMAZING.
I was so excited, I ran to the kitchen and grabbed my pizza cutter instead of a knife.
:) This day has been so great.
These images are in fact back from 2009. I wanted to re-edit them, as I felt some were definitely strong, and not only that, I had had a glass of wine last night, and felt the compulsion to edit something fun. So here are some new, and fresh re-edits!
They have a creepy air to them. Almost a death-of-spring quality. Added some texture from Jessica Drossin’s collection at 100% opacity on Screen. Then using a brush in Clear mode at 14% opacity, brought back in here detail just a little.
Image processed using Florabella Collection’s actions.
This weekend’s shoot was amazing. And like usual, I tend to want to start editing as soon as I get the camera in my house. I did not even change out of the filthy clothes I was wearing. Filthy? Why? Because we were throwing powdered tempera paint on our model and we literally got it EVERYWHERE. Not just on him. But we had to hose ourselves off and attempt to get it out of our clothes before we left the shoot location.
Our location was at a warehouse in downtown Charlotte that we managed to gain permission to shoot at. The mess that we created in the warehouse was pretty epic and took almost two hours to clean up. I originally thought it would take four. But to my absolute happiness, it did not.
I planned this shoot the Monday before the weekend we shot it. I called up Max and said, “Want to do a shoot where we throw paint on you?!”
I got my inspiration from someone else’s shoot I found online. But every image after that, that I found on the internet all depicted women. Well, almost all of them. The concept I guess was taken in such a way that everyone thought how beautiful and airy-fairy it was. I thought maybe I could make it scary and horrifying. And that is what I did!
I printed out some sample images from Pinterest and used them as pose cards for Max at the warehouse. I basically showed him the idea and he went with it. We double main lighted Max the majority of the time. Lights were approximately 8 feet off the ground aimed at 45 degree angles at Max.
We had to do a couple test throws to get it right. In fact, our first throw of paint at Max smacked him straight in the face. He was spitting out powdered paint and sneezing furiously.
Once we figured out how to move the paint powder and that the red paint worked a zillion times better than the black paint, we started to create some really creepy images.
I hope you all like the images shown here and can draw inspiration from them!
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Thanks Carson for some amazing photos! You are always fun to hang out with and so smart! Your future is brighter and brighter everytime I see you, and you are definitely one of the smartest youngins I have had the good fortune to know! Keep up all the hard work in school this coming year. You have a lot to look forward to in your years to come!
I have been so very busy over the past few weeks I have found it difficult to take a moment to post something on my blog here. Technically this is one of the first few days I have had off. I have been photographing weddings, receptions, modeling sessions, networking, and trying to finish setting up the studio. It has been pretty tough keeping everything in its place and sorted out in a way that I can really keep track of it.
But things are paying off. I recently quit a job that I had thought if I went back to it, I would somehow have time to run my business and work the six days a week that would be required if I took on this job. Reality smacked home when I spoke to my friend about the situation and my stress at working three jobs (two part times and one full time – my business). So I quit the second job and am devoting more of my time to my photography. Things are finally starting to take off in ways I didn’t imagine would happen this soon! Great news just keeps coming and I am welcoming it! Very excited to share over the next few days something that could be a huge game changer. Stay tuned! ;)
Our society definitely has an unhealthy obsession with beauty and sexuality - especially when it comes to women. Where else is this reflected better than the Media which constantly pursues us with images and advertisements featuring women (usually young and scantly clad) as objects of desire.
Often Photoshop is singled out as the main perpetrator - messing with the reality and making us all have unrealistic expectations.
These past few days have been quite hectic. I have done so much to finish getting things moved and straightened out in my studio, that I am positively feeling overwhelmed. Even though I have been working non-stop at several jobs, and getting home late, I have managed to have a little bit of time to setup the studio space and even test out some lighting on the roommates! Here are some samples!
What is the big hullaballoo about this thing called Klout?
Well, Klout is a way to measure your sphere of influence within the world wide web. Generally the higher your score, the more influential and knowledgeable you are about your field of choice.
Klout has been set up almost like a social networking site, allowing you to share +K’s with people, giving them Klout points basically and demonstrating their reach of influence.
It is a great site to allow you to get a grip on how much work needs to be done to be in the top percentile of influential people across the internet.
For more information on Klout, visit www.klout.com
“Klout is an online personal influence measurement tool. Using proprietary algorithms, Klout calculates the value of your participation in social networks, like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Foursquare, and awards you a numerical score based on your activity. Klout scores range from 0 -100 with 100 being the most influential. The average score is 20. Scores above 50 rank in the 95th percentile.” – http://allenmireles.com/blog/influence-measurement/what-is-klout-and-why-do-we-care-or-do-we/