I have very talented friends. Knowing people, who are good at what they do, significantly helps in both the creative process and the final product. Whether it's hair and makeup or being the face in front of the camera, having a team that can flawlessly work together is something I look for and cherish.
Full Disclosure: This concept wasn't my idea. My friend, and makeup artist, Ana had presented this look to me and wondered if I'd be interested in doing an official shoot with our friend Jessica. I, of course, said "duh" and off we were. Having worked together in the past, it was a breeze to get the images you see below.
One of the things that I love about photography is that it allows you to create without having to worry about much. Show up, shoot stuff and see what you get! That's how this day went down. What started out as in impromptu lifestyle shoot, turned into an afternoon full of sun, sand and the occassional seagull fight.
Shot in Long Beach, my friend Elwa and I were tasked with showcasing one of the newest pieces from Moonglow Jewelry in Miami, Florida. We decided this would be the perfect opportunity for a Boho-chic inspired shoot that brought together the intrinsic beauty of both her and the necklace. With the help of the beach and the impending sunset, the scene was prime for some of my favorite images I've captured this year.
Thanks again to Elwa for being such a consistant joy to work with. Also, thanks to Moonglow Jewelry for providing us with the "Meteor in Silver" necklace you see below.
Fashion photography is a funny thing. You can literally do whatever you want with the freedom to try new things and see what the outcome is... good or bad. I love that. I love that there is no "right" or "wrong" and that whatever I can come up with will, more than likely, result in a well received image.
From the beginning, I knew I wanted to try and submit these images for publication. Although I felt the images were strong enough, I knew it could be a difficult process due to the lack of variety in the outfits shown. I had a slew of other shots featuring other dresses, but none of them were as strong as what you see below. This is where the "no rules" of fashion photography come into play. Through the process of coming up with bad idea after bad idea, I was able to add the "variety" that magazines look for without having to dig into images that didn't fit the collection.
Thanks again to Yvette for bringing her professionalism and vintage beauty to this shoot. It's always a pleasure working with her and I look forward to the next time we can work together.
When it rains, it pours... and then hails... and then rains some more. That is the way this shoot began. Thankfully, it is not how it ended.
Before things got started, I knew I wanted to try something new in regards to shooting style and the way I edited the images. From the get go, I knew I wanted to use natural light because of the simplistic qualities it brings to each image. I also knew the natural look of things would be hightened by what I was planning on doing in post. As you can see, each image has it's own raw and untouched quality to it.
I'd like to give a big thank you to Tina Manera for the zeal and charisma she brought to the shoot. We trudged through every type of weather that Malibu could throw at us and I am thilled by the images we created.