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
Cost of gray dress: $9.99; Necklace: .99
Cost of Red and Black outfit: $2.00
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.
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.
One of my husband's colleagues contacted me, and asked if I could shoot his headshot. I was very happy to oblige. I don't get to photograph men too often, and I was excited about the session. This young man is an entrepreneur, and recently "retired" from the military at the ripe old age of 25! He has an infectious smile and awesome personality. We completed the session in about 30 minutes, and he was very pleased with the outcome.
It's been almost a month since I used my camera for a personal project. I haven't felt like using my camera over the last two months, and it's sat idle. I have not been inspired. I'm participating in an Instagram photo project that forces me to shoot every day. When one of the photography groups that I belong to scheduled a photo shoot happy hour, I signed up to attend. I didn't pay to work directly to the model so I shot over the shoulders of other photographers. The model, Lux (www.luxtango.com) was amazing. She knew how to move, and took very little direction. Hair and make-up was done by Dania of Cosmic Artistry (www.cosmiix.com). It awesome to be behind the camera again.
I didn't take very many frames. Here are my favorites.