Hats

My Grandmother on my Mom’s side was a beautiful woman with a gentle spirit.  She passed away when I was in high school.  Some of the memories I have of her are random, like the way she would rest her hand on the driver’s headrest while we rode in the car.  Oddly enough I don’t remember her ever wearing a hat, but one of the things I inherited from her were a collection of hats.  She kept the hats in a spare room and when we visited my grandparents home I would make my way to the hat collection to play dress-up.  Inspired by those memories and my Grandmother I decided to create a series of images centered around hats.  The hats from this series are reminiscent of the styles my Grandmother would have worn.  I would like to share with you the first images from my Hat Series.  Model:  Riley Cox

 

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Downtown Dance

This past spring I photographed a few dancers from Nan’s School of Dance.  Each year we photograph them for their recital portraits.  However, this year I wanted to offer something a little extra.  We decided to move outdoors and photograph the dancers in a city landscape.  I loved the combination of the elegant dancers and unique settings.  The dancers were able to play off of their surroundings and create images that were visually intriguing.  I’m so happy with the final results!  The sessions were such a hit with the dancers that we are scheduled to take more photographs this fall!  I can hardly wait!

 

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Hogwarts

Miss E is a fantastic kid!  I have been photographing her since she was a wee baby.  We meet once a year for her annual birthday photos.  It’s been so much fun to collaborate with her.  For her styled photo sessions we really try to capture who she is at that point in her life.  What she likes, her personality, etc.  These photos were taken last year for her 7th birthday.  She had been reading the Harry Potter book series and wanted to create a photo session around that.  I think her parents enjoyed collecting/making the props just as much as Miss E. did!

Tomorrow I am meeting with Miss E again to photograph her for her 8th birthday.  She is another year older and way more mature than last year.  🙂  We again have some neat ideas for the photos and I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

 

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In The Backyard

Yes it’s still winter but the weather outside has been fantastic.  Yesterday afternoon the kids were told to go spend some time in the backyard.  I don’t take nearly enough photos of them as they seem to be getting bigger every day.  So I decided to join them for awhile as they ran around outside and played.

 

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Enchanted Waters

A couple of months ago I joined a local photography group.  The organizer for this particular group puts together meet-ups with fun themes and great models.  I had been telling myself that I was going to attend one of the meet-ups.  However, every time a meet-up was announced there was always one reason or another that kept me from participating.  Well this past weekend I finally had my chance.  The theme for the meet-up was Enchanted Waters.  The plan was to photograph the models in ponds on a local property.  Unfortunately the ponds were a bit mucky when we arrived for the session.  I took one look at the ponds and knew I wasn’t crazy about getting in the water.  I had asked the models what they wanted to do about the ponds and none of them really wanted to try it out.  That was totally fine with me.  I would never want a model to do anything that I would not do.  So we went with plan B which included photographing in the foresty areas surrounding the ponds.  I’m pretty pleased with the final images and can’t wait until the next meet-up!

Event:  Enchanted Waters

Coordinator:  Sarah Robertson

Models:  Ashley Dickson, Sarah Robertson, Ashley Belladonna

MUA:  Sandy Johnston, Ashley Belladonna

 

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Creative Portrait Session

A rainy day is the perfect day for a photo session, right!?  …as a matter of fact, the answer is yes!  To be honest I was a little concerned as we headed to the designated location and the rain drops were steadily pounding on the windshield.  But I kept my fingers crossed the NC would stay true to form and the little shower would soon pass.  Thankfully that is exactly what happened!

So before meeting this beautiful young girl for her Creative Portrait Session, she had told me that she wanted to include her bow and arrow in the photos and that she wanted to be a super hero… but like a cool one.  I loved the idea and we talked about our mutual interest in t.v. shows like The Flash and The Arrow.  For her portraits we explored the idea of strength both as a kick butt individual and then with a quieter, feminine strength.

I loved her excitement for her photos and her willingness to explore, design and create!  Such a beauty!

 

 

 

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Gorgeous Beauty

I photographed this beautiful bride’s wedding awhile ago but I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite portraits from her wedding day.  She was absolutely stunning!  (Ok we’ll throw a couple photos with her husband in there for good measure).  😉

 

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