Back in April, I photographed a persona project with three local models. The concept was three different women in the same dress, but each dress was a different color. The make-up was to be non-traditional or a bit avant-garde. I did a casting call, and several women responded. I selected one of the models, Joy, because I had worked with her in the past on a couple of shoots. I worked with the second model, Kelyne, on one prior shoot, and I liked her personality. I had never worked with the third model, Lauren. My primary HMUA was Toy Skelton. We've worked together a couple of times, and I enjoy being around her. The hair stylist for Joy was Vela Davis.
The location was the shoot was at Scorpion Gulch located at South Mountain Park in Phoenix, AZ. This is a very popular location for photographs, but we didn't have any issues with people getting in the shots. This was the first time that I photographed more than one model at a time, and I was a little nervous about it. However, I was excited about the theme, and I was working with very professional women.
I can finally share these images because they were recently published in Mimic Magazine. There were too many to say that a particular one or two were my favorites. I just selected at random. Enjoy!
Some of you may remember Baby A. I photographed her as a part of the Capturing Hopes organization that I belong to. We complete photo sessions in the NICU for babies who are placed there after they're born. We come back every two weeks to complete a session, and document their progress. I completed two sessions for Baby. It was time to photograph her again two weeks ago, but this was time after I damaged my camera. I told Baby A's mom that I would contact her after my camera was fixed. I reached out to Mom this week to schedule a session, and she told me that Baby A was released! I was so happy!
So here are a couple of images from my last session with this beauty. Congratulations to Baby A and her family.
Over the weekend, I, along with other members of Arizona Creative Professional, to complete photo shoots in the former mining town of Miami, AZ. It's a quaint old town with lots of textures and old abandoned buildings. We scouted out the town about a month ago, and it really inspired me. I like visiting towns with character. I can envision lots of photo sessions and become inspired.
The event was a private one for members of ACP. Teams had to be created before the event, and all of the members had to register. We had to be in Miami by 9:01am so that we could receive our instructions for the day. All teams were allowed to explore the city for their photo shoots. It was a hot and muggy day so my model and I kept to the shade as much as possible. Outside of running from bees, driving to dead end streets, and getting semi stuck on the side of a mountain, we had a blast.
Here are a couple of my favorites with Alexis King, @lexiking7. Alexi did handled the styling and her hair as well. Our MUA was Marley Mc, @g.m.beautiful. Please check out their work. They're both amazing.
The weekend of June 23 I was in Chicago to attend the Brown Girl with a Camera® Portfolio Building Experience. The event is the brainchild of Ruby Melton of RubyElla Photography. She's based out D.C., and holds these experiences around the country. I've always wanted to attend one of these events so when Chicago was on the schedule I knew that I was going to sign-up. Our theme was "Fitness," and we had four beautiful models. We were at a park near the West Loop, but we branched out into other areas as well.
The event afforded me the opportunity to meet and collaborate with the other photographers in attendance. It was such a great experience working without competition. There were no egos, but only help and support. It's my hope that I can continue fostering relationships with everyone that I met. The two pluses to the event were: 1) My mother-in-law attended; and 2) I was able to see a fellow photographer, Marc Anthony of Images by Marc Anthony. Marc saved my hide by allowing me to use his back-up camera because I damaged mine. Yeah, I know. Not the best time to damage your camera.
The pinnacle of the event was the dinner afterwards. Oh my goodness! The dinner was catered by Chef Candace of Indulging in Flavors. The homemade macaroni and cheese was amazing. My entree was seared mango lime salmon, and it was delicious. To top it all off, we dined on the rooftop deck looking at the most beautiful skyline the world.
I cannot share the final images yet, but I can share some "Behind the Scenes" images. I've also listed all of the participants from the event.
Creative Director: Instagram
@Browngirlswithacamera and @rubyellaphoto
Early in the morning of June 22, I received an text message from my maternity spokes model, Tula, that she had her baby girl. We made arrangements for me to come to the hospital later that day to complete her Fresh 48 because I was headed out of town on business on Friday. I arrived in the late afternoon, and met this precious baby girl. She was adorable! Her cheeks were plump and round, and she slept so peacefully. Mom was still very sore so all of the images were of this little angel. We were under a heat advisory last week so the air conditioning was running at full force. I didn't leave her uncovered because of this fact. Can't have a little one leaving the hospital with a cold.
Isn't she adorable?