In December, I found myself missing warmth and greenery and flowers. So I set up boudoir mini sessions at Appalachian Tropical's gorgeous greenhouse. It was so warm and private and incredibly inspiring! It took my winter blues right away!
Before Indy's session, we talked about what she wanted, which was for the images to show strength and natural beauty. Since she radiates both of those things, it was easy to create strong natural images.
I debated over different glitter colors until I somehow had glitter on my face and hands. But once we saw the iridescent black that looked like a tiny galaxy, we both immediately knew that was the one.
Y'all, this is my makeup artist Tia. She did hair and makeup for the women in this boudoir marathon. While I was in one room posing and photographing one beautiful woman, she was in another room helping another woman get ready and giving her words of encouragement.
I met up with Emily and her mom a bit before sunset on an October afternoon for her senior photography session. We walked along the Swannanoa River and found so many great spots to photograph. I loved Emily's laid-back demeanor, and she was so easy to photograph!
Let me tell you why I love this album so much. I've ordered albums from the big cheapo places in the past. And for the $27.99 or whatever I paid, I got what I expected. They were fine. But this one is knocking my socks off. I keep opening the box and admiring it like some weirdo.
Jared released his new Tin Foil Hat EP, Dance W/ You recently (you can listen and purchase here https://tinfoilhatmusic.bandcamp.com/album/dance-w-you), and I offered to help him with a music video for Yoke
I found a white vintage dress for $10 at the Flea For Y'all! loved it too much and could not make up my mind about what kind of shoot to do with it. So...I asked everyone on my Facebook page to vote. There were lots of votes, but the winner was C, the water.
I could do every shoot at the Biltmore and never get bored. And every shoot would look different since there are a million different great spots there. If you can't tell, I am a little partial to the conservatory. So that's where we started with David and Courtney's maternity photo session.
I've had a lot of people ask me to help them learn how to use their cameras in manual mode. So I'm doing a short series of videos and blog posts about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO for beginners. Aperture is first because it's my favorite. Here's a video tutorial!
These were all shot in West Asheville and the River Arts District. If you live in Asheville, you've probably driven past these areas. The clothes were sourced from thrift stores and my own closet. The flamingo socks are from Target. I couldn't resist them.
Putting your work out there to be judged can be terrifying. Yet tens of thousands of photographers were brave enough to enter hundreds of thousands of photos in this year's Shoot and Share Contest. It's a free (!) photo contest where you can enter photos in a variety of categories and the results are decided by weeks of public voting.
I think in photographs. When I hear about a brand and the creator behind the brand, I am already visualizing what their photo campaign would look like. Linda needed photos of her jewelry on models, and it was fun to work with her to create images that fit her brand and website. Together, and with the help of a team of other strong talented women, we created and styled this shoot.
I recently had the pleasure of photographing Angela Kim and some of her designs for the launch of her website AshevilleCouture.com. We did the shoot at her shared space at Engaged Asheville which is full of beautiful bright light that helped showcase her work beautifully.
I have a passion for working one on one with individuals and small businesses who march to their own drum. For styling headshots, senior photos, boudoir photos, or any other kind of portrait that reflects their personality. For delving into what makes a business unique and creating unique images that reflect that.
Normally, anything that involves "networking" makes the introvert side of me want to crawl back into bed and surround myself with books and cats. But this Instameet seemed laid back, and while I knew I would be meeting new people, we would also be walking around and taking photographs.
And we did. And it was amazing. And I am so glad I went.
“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope." -Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility
I thought about filling this post with Jane Austen quotes and calling it a day. That would have made me really happy. But it makes me happier to do a shout out to the lovely ladies who made these portraits come to life.