Category Archives: Beauty
Usually I like to work with natural light. You hear this often when looking around for a photographer. The term “natural light photographer”. A photographer may genuinely prefer the use of natural light. They may like the less artificial look. They may just like the way they can play with sun light to get different looks due to position of subject or even time of day. If you have interest in photography, and you’d like to know more about lighting, here is a fantastic article by Darlene Hildebrandt.
I call myself a natural light photographer. I just love to play with what lighting the natural environment provides. There are times though when I make an exception. This location was one of those times. The auditorium was pitch black. I used some different arrangements of spot lights that the venue had. To that, I also used some of my own lights.
This sweet girl is beyond talented and has some talented shoes to fill with family that worked in Motown. The session was meant to highlight each of her talents. It was my pleasure to work with her and her family.
This was a special photo session. A mother called me asking for senior photos for her high school daughter. I always recommend that students bring something to the session that is important to them at this time in their life. Her mother mentioned that her daughter is a ballerina and may want to incorporate that. I was thrilled.
Since I was a little girl I have loved the artist Degas. I remember being at a museum as a child and seeing my first Degas. It was the statue Little Dancer of Fourteen Years. I was transfixed. From that moment ballerinas didn’t just perform an art, but they became art. As a teenager my uncle gave me a replica of that statue and I treasure it. I have always been more drawn to that statue than to the artists other work on canvas. I like to see the focus on the ballerina and not the stage around her.
Several blogs ago I mentioned juxtaposition. I love it. My eye is immediately drawn to things that don’t belong together, but work so well. I also like breaks in pattern. For this shoot, I wanted the background of my photos to be primary subjects like the ballerina. I wanted the strong backgrounds to show either juxtaposition between the two, or I wanted the background to inspire the form you see the ballerina take. In my mind, the world inspires music and music inspires the ballerina. I wanted to cut out the middle man and have the surroundings directly inspire the story of the ballerina .
While we did do a part of the shoot just focused on her senior photos. The ballerina agreed to become a model for me for these fine art photos. We did both the session and the photo shoot in the same morning. The photos from the ballerina fine art shoot will be featured in the commercial work area of my website and some of the images will be available for purchase.
What a truly fun photo session. When I met my client, I asked her if there were any props that she had in mind. She said no and that she wasn’t into props. That worked out well for me, because I am not into them much either, with the exception of an amazing vintage find or a basket for a baby. So off we went to a local farm with just my camera in hand. What an amazing farm. The staff was ready for us and went out of their way. They even offered a horse! Who could say no to that?
So while not really a prop, but really a stunning animal, I still like to say think that I started that day with no props and ended up with the largest one ever!
The town used in this senior photo session is called Haralson, and I affectionately refer to it as my little ghost town. There are only about 50 households on the neighboring streets and the entire town is only .7 square miles. It is the main street that I fell for.
One of the buildings has a marking of 1909 upon its brick broken step. Most of the buildings are just store fronts with a door and merchant windows. If you walk to the side of the buildings, you will find that the walls are missing as are the roofs. Instead of floor tile, you find trees and flowers growing. Doors are hung without the glass centers, making it possible to just walk through. All the buildings are made of different textures. Several of the buildings are brick, several more are wood, and then there are the magnificent metal structures that were part of a plant back in another time. The town speaks of a time that has since passed. It is my photographer’s paradise.
The day I scouted the town, I noticed that something seemed off. While all of the structure seems old, there were a couple of buildings where some of the oldness seemed new. It took but a moment to figure out that the movie “The Wettest County in the World” with Shai LaBeouf, had built the set as an extension to the real town. I figured it out once I turned the corner of one structure and realized the buildings were just facades and the backs we new raw plywood. This was the second time that a place I scouted turned out to be part of this movie. The set no longer stands but the beauty of the real town still remains.
My client liked the idea of the town I described to her and was not shy to enter the rubble and bring the photos of my imagination to life. I hope you enjoy.
This is my family. They live in Pennsylvania and I live in Georgia. When we are able to get together it is wonderful. We are a very close family. Somehow aunts and cousins all feel like siblings. Now that I live down here, I appreciate the time I have with them even more. On this day, I wanted to take a little of them with me when I came back home. So we had an impromptu session in the backyard. Kisses…