Diane and I met on location to shoot a few lifestyle portraits. Her red hair, the green dress, and a lovely estate were a recipe for stunning portraits.
I love assembling styles. I keep many items in the studio wardrobe so that I can put together different looks for clients. These looks are a combination of studio wardrobe and client jewelry.
I have been asked about styling shoots. What I advise is to stick close to what you love. You'll know instinctively what goes well together when you follow your interest. Don't copy because all it will look like is an imitation. To get a genuine look, style from the heart.
For example, I grew up around victorian images and paintings. My mother loved the Victorian era and I grew up to love it. One of the things my mom loved from that era was cameos. She had several. For these images and the styling, I drew upon my love of all things Victorian, my memories of pictures of my grandparents, memories if Victorian paintings from my home and my grandparent's home, and came up with my version of that influence.
This is an outtake from a fine art portrait session. My last surviving senior pet, Daphne, decided to get in on the photoshoot. She played with the skirt, stalked, posed, and stared at Deirdra.
I was posing Deirdra, when I noticed that she started smirking, then smiling. So I looked in the direction her attention was and there was Daphne...being...well, Daphne. So I pulled back so that I could get Daphne in the shot, as well. I have several images that were as if Daphne was perfectly posing for the shots. This one was my favorite because of the eye contact between Deirdra and Daphne.
When working with animals, you need a lot of patience in order to get the shot. It's well worth it, though.
"Deirdra and Daphne"
I created this themed portrait in studio. However, I am looking forward to some outdoor themed sessions in the near future.
I love creative collaborations.
Sarah is an incredibly talented makeup artist who it's afraid to push the limits. Her fantasy and special effects makeup work is imaginative and original. She had an idea for a creature and I completely trusted her. When I saw the makeup, I pulled an outfit from the studio wardrobe that fit the look, then went to setting up the lights to set the mood for this concept.
For the first image in the gallery, I wanted to play off the FX makeup and juxtapose it with a soft, romantic fashion feel. Then I shot a beauty closeup making the creature look like an add for makeup. I thought pulling in the opposites would make for a jarring contrast.