September 16, 2011

THE FOG and Client Collaboration

If I haven't said it enough before, I LOVE it when clients come to the creative planning session with ideas!  Especially during the High School Senior Pictures season.  You see, when a high school senior comes to the planning session with ideas they know are going to be eagerly received, they are already excited about the photo shoot long before it starts....and to be quite honest, I'm honored that I can have young ladies and men sit before me and Diane,  comfortable and eager to work together in creating the most unique and intriguing images possible to fit their personality.  It's what we do and it's what I love about my job...and trust me, next to girls dreaming about their dream wedding, they are definitely thinking about their high school senior pictures and have all sorts of ideas and inspiration!

So, when we sat down with Carli and her mom and began to discuss ideas, we started talking about creating some moody and dramatic images....I was honestly talking about lighting and using a black background....Carli then injected a "oh...I thought you meant like with fog and stuff...".  I told her that I wasn't thinking about that, but that maybe we SHOULD!  What a great vision!  The rest was up to me to execute a cool and intriguing set of images...I love my clients!

September 8, 2011

The Hat! and a Light Bulb

Have you ever had a client that you knew INSTANTLY the images you wanted to create?  Enter Lynne Marie...We have known Lynne Marie for about 6 years. So it was an honor to us to be able to shoot her senior pictures.

For reasons I still do not understand, the moment the topic of senior pictures came up for Lynne Marie, the idea for the hat shots immediately popped into my mind.  The brain is strange that way.  And when I say immediate, I swear someone watching me would have seen an honest-to-god light bulb go off over my head. But that's what I do...I create photoshoots built to the client's personality and character.  It's why I have the creative plan consultation as part of our process on lifestyle and senior pictures.

Yes, sometimes the photoshoots are standard fair..because the client WANTS standard fair.  But I pride my photography on creating photoshoots unique to a client's personality and character.  And this HAT had to be a part of this photoshoot.  And thank goodness Diane can read my mind...I had a hard time describing the hat to her...but she somehow knew exactly what I wanted and knew just the place to find one!

The images created were FABULOUS!, and more importantly she loved them.  Lynne Marie was gracefully fluid taking direction and working the shots.  She has a natural style in modeling that I hope to see more of in coming months and years.  And because I can't go without some black and whites, take a look at what Lynne Marie and I created at the end...GORGEOUS!

September 1, 2011

The Coolness of a Black and White Senior Photo Shoot

Last weekend we had a fantastic shoot with an awesome high school senior, Austin.  We have known Austin since we moved back to Los Alamos in 2005.  He and our son played baseball together and we have been good friends with the family since.

Austin is a quality kind of guy with a focus and drive of purpose.  He knows where he wants to be and doesn't take to mediocrity...I'm always impressed by his push to perform in all aspects.

He has a fantastic smile and came to the photo shoot with some inspiration pieces on the outdoor shots.  As I looked at his inspiration pieces, a lot of them were black and white.  I LOVE black and white, but I'm also scared to death of black and's harder than it looks to make a black and white cool and fabulous looking...and for lifestyle shoots, it's all about cool and fabulous.  But this day, the photo muse was working and I immediately found my mind formulating a creative plan on the images I wanted to create for Austin.

We headed to the baseball fields.

I'm finding that I really love the lifestyle photography has always been an attempt to capture the personality...of anything...a person, a scene, an event....and I feel most successful when I capture the personality of a person in the elements of the things they love.   And this is why I feel I really liked this particular photo shoot so much...we were going to attempt to capture Austin in his baseball element...and did I mention....IN BLACK AND WHITE.....

Austin loved them.  Mission accomplished!

What are your favorite types of photo shoots?