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.
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.
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.
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.