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!
event photography, non profit, photography
Earlier this month, I was asked by a good friend of mine Dannielle J. Oswell to help her photograph a fundraiser for Movements Dance Ensemble, the 5th annual All White Affair. Self styled as a "Hampton's style event," guests clad in white from head to toe mixed and mingled at the award winning Con Boland Garden in Riverdale, Edmonton.
The afternoon provided jazz music, dance, an auction, delicious Carribbean food and some local celebrity appearances. The highlight of the event was the fashion show, featuring a tribute to the colour white by local fashion designers Kelly Madden, Kelsey McIntyre, Natasha Lazarovic, Lisa Marie Sciroli, Jessica Halabi, Andrea De Ocampo and Pauline Anderson.
The turnout was great, and the fundraiser was a huge success. Below is a small sampling of the photographs I captured that day. Enjoy!
photography, portrait photography
This past weekend I was invited to join a group shoot at Fort Edmonton Park with a pretty awesome theme: Steampunk. I first discovered Steampunk some time last year when I was surfing around on Photobucket and found this image, which I thought was pretty neat. Steampunk fashion is pseudo-Victorian, and has strong ties to fantasy and science fiction. To quote Wikipedia:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc.
Although I have my regular group of "photonerds" that I hang out and shoot with, I figured this group shoot would be a good opportunity to meet a few new photographers and shoot a few models I'd never shot before. Not to mention the super cool location that is Fort Edmonton!
Most of the models I had the opportunity to photograph had little-to-no experience modeling, they're just big fans of the Steampunk style and had put a lot of time and effort into their costumes. A big thanks to all the models and photographers who came out, and a special thank-you to Ian MacDonald of Aragondina Photography for setting the whole thing up!
Click the image below to see more of my shots from the day on flickr.