local business, photography, portrait photography
When something you love becomes something you do for a living, it can be hard to continue to love it.
I remember when I first got a digital SLR, all I wanted to do was take photos. I was planning photo shoots with friends and fellow photographers as something to do in the evenings after work. I had all these crazy ideas and couldn't wait to make them happen; not for fame or money, just for creativity's sake. Since I've started working full time as a photographer and designer, I find that the piles of photos waiting for edits in Lightroom, the houses I have to shoot and the realtors I have to meet, the weekly ads I have to produce, and the stresses of deadlines, book keeping and invoicing have sapped the creativity I used to have an abundance of.
To solve this problem, I've decided that I need to plan and execute at least one "just-for-me" creative shoot per month. I need to get inspired. I need to continue to take photos for the same reason I started taking photos.
My latest inspiration came from the Flickr Blog. Someone had done a bunch of scary looking self portraits caked in flour, and I thought to myself, "I can do better than that. I can do something elegant and beautiful and... way less scary." The flour could be functional, used to highlight something shiny or colourful; I immediately thought of jewelry! My friend Rosslyn and I had talked several times about doing a photo shoot, and I really wanted to use her for this idea. Cara Cotter of So Pretty Jewelry came on board and graciously allowed us to use some of her beautiful turquoise, gold and silver.
Below is a lovely diptych from the shoot, probably my favourite of the series. You can click on the phto and see a few more from the set on Flickr.
Cara's jewelry is available at Coup Boutique in downtown Edmonton or from her Etsy store.
photography, portrait photography
I'm a pretty lucky gal. I have this gorgeous neighbour who has a ton of modeling experience, lives right across the street and works from home just like me, so sometimes we get up to things. We discussed the idea of doing some "accessory" photographs, something creative to highlight a pair of earrings, or a ring. Just to experiment and have fun really.
I also wanted to play around with gels for some colored light, something I don't normally use in my photography. I really like trying new things, and it's great to have a willing subject!
Here's a few shots of the lovely Karolina. Click the photos to see the whole set on Flickr!
photography, wedding photography
I've never really thought of myself as a wedding photographer, but this summer is throwing a lot of them at me. Maybe it's the universe (and not just my grandma) telling me that since I got engaged in September of 2010 and haven't made any plans for an actual wedding yet, it's about time? Regardless... I'm really starting to enjoy shooting weddings!
Back in March I was asked by my best friend's dad Andy if I would photograph his wedding in July. They didn't want coverage of the whole wedding, just some family "formal" style portraits and a few shots of the bride & groom alone. I was honored and also slightly nervous - I only had an hour to photograph them, and in my experience it usually takes a bit longer than that to do formals! This would also be my first wedding with a slightly older bride & groom than I'm used to, so I crossed my fingers and hoped my style would please them.
The day ended up being rainy & windy - but that's supposed to be good luck right? We had planned for a backup location inside the Union Bank hotel, so the family portraits went off without a hitch, and I managed to get some cute shots of Andy & Donna outside under an umbrella - some of my favourites from the day! I won't be posting an online album of their family portraits, so here are two quick snapshots of the lovely bride and groom on their special day. Enjoy!