A Month of Flat Lays

October 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Last month, I challenged myself to complete a daily flat lay challenge inspired by Jasmine of Color U Bold.  I only missed one day, but I blogged the very next day.  It was a little difficult to select my favorites from the images, but I did manage to choose a few.  I'm looking for a new challenge to start for October.

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Melanin Models

September 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This week, I attended a Happy Hour Shoot at Parkwood Studios.  The featured model was Simply Ronis, and her make-up was done by Dania of Cosmiix Artistry.  When I saw a picture of Ronis, I knew that I had to photograph her.  She was a pleasure to work with, and needed no direction.  Ronis had a variety of poses as well as facial expressions.

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I also worked with a model named McKinzie.  She and Ronis model for a few frames together. I am so glad that I decided to attend the photo shoot.

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Salvation Army Challenge

September 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I belong to a photography group called the Arizona Creative Professionals.  It's a collective of models, photographers, and make-up artists who collaborative for monthly challenges or personal projects.  These events are either open to the public, or are for members of ACP.  Last week, I participated in one of their open events.  You had to assemble your team, consisting of at least a photographer, model, and make-up artist before the day of the event.  All of the teams met at UStudio, and we were all told the rules of the challenge.  We would all go to a local Salvation Army store to purchase wardrobe, props, and accessories for our team shoot, and we could only spend $15.00!  I met my model for the first time that day, and we scored with our purchase.  We were able to buy two different outfits, and shot two different looks.  I also worked with a new MUA, Tanya Mason, who did a phenomenal job.

I had many different favorites from this shoot, but I'm only sharing a few.

Model: Dee Wiliams, @dee_queen7

MUA: @tanya_mason

Hair/Styling/Photographer: @tmarie_images

Cost of gray dress: $9.99; Necklace: .99

Cost of Red and Black outfit: $2.00

 

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Photographer Headshots

September 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On Saturday, I, along with three other members of my photography group, went into a studio, and photographed one another.  The exercise was to shoot one another's headshots.  It's critical in this day and age to have a professional headshot whether it's for LinkedIn, Facebook, or any other social medium.  I wanted headshots for my website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  I had my make-up professionally done by Moni Luvs Effects, and I was photographed in two different outfits.

We rented space at Blok Studios in downtown Phoenix.  The light in the space was beautiful!  I am seriously considering renting it again for a personal project. 

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August Instagram Challenge Inspiration

September 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Last month, I participated in a daily Instagram challenge called "August Eye Candy".  It was started by @lashawnwiltz.  There was a daily theme, and you had to use the tag "augusteyecandy".  I participated in the challenge in an attempt to inspire me because I had not used my camera in about two months.  I was not inspired to photograph anything or anyone.  I missed one day of the challenge, but I was still happy with my participation.  I used both my camera and my phone.  

Here are a few of my favorites.

 

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