Here are some photos from my portrait session with Brittany a couple weekends ago. I loved the cool vintage feel of her outfit, it matched the 1920′s furniture in my room perfectly and the leather dogwood headband I have had for ages, but never worn. I’ve photographed Brittany before a couple of times, she is so much fun to work with because she is full of some really amazing and creative ideas.
Introducing the gorgeous miss Rachel and her senior portraits. Rachel is a junior this year and will be graduating from Blacksburg High School as part of the class of 2013. I’m so excited to say that this was my first senior portrait session and I look forward to doing more! We had so much fun running around downtown Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech campus despite the dreary weather, it sprinkled the entire time we were out taking photos. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the overcast weather gave us perfect lighting for senior portraits. Rachel had never had Cook Out before her senior portrait session and I had never heard where the phrase YOLO actually came from so thank you Rachel for bringing me up to speed! And now a little bit of Q&A with Rachel so you can get to know my first senior rep:
If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would it be? Lady Gaga, she’s such an inspiration to people of almost all ages.
What’s your strangest talent? I’m really good at picking things up with my feet? Haha awkward…
Do you have any strange phobias? I’m DEATHLY afraid of balloons. No joke, they give me panic attacks.
Favorite band? I don’t think I have one, I listen to every kind of music there is.
Favorite movie? I’m a sixteen year old girl… I’ll give you one guess; You win! The Notebook. Haha that movie’s beautiful.
Favorite quote? #YOLO!
Favorite kind of ice cream? Vanilla bean.
Favorite thing to do in Blacksburg? Hang out downtown with the local vagrants, get coffee at Bollo’s and hang out with the folks in SheSha.
Do you believe in karma? Probably too much. I always have, even before I understood the complete concept.
Who is your celebrity crush? Ryan Gosling, anyone from the Stones, or even weirder, Martin Short back in like ’85.
Do you have a collection of anything? Toenail clippings (jokes). I don’t collect anything significant.
Do you like the smell of gasoline? No, I don’t like it. I LOVE it.
Are you wearing socks right now? Nope. Not now, not never.
What is your favorite word? Irrelevant.
My idea of a perfect date: Anything fun, depends on if you’ve been with the person for long. First date; something to make me like you and give off a good impression. Date night when we’re in a relationship? I’m fine with anything, as long as I’m with the person, paying attention to each other & we’re having a blast. I don’t think it matters what you do, as long as you’re having fun.
A couple weeks ago I had the honor of working with Kirsten Krupps for the third time. I met her a year ago through Model Mayhem and while she lives in Illinois, I have gotten to work with her when she comes into town to visit her boyfriend. She is such a blast to work with because she isn’t from the area so I feel like she is seeing Blacksburg in an entirely different way from me… and also because Kirsten is a model and a photographer so she knows how to work it on both sides of the camera.
I picked Kirsten up in the morning and we grabbed a couple donuts from Carol Lee and headed back to my house for the first part of our shoot. Then we shot all around downtown Blacksburg, the Blacksburg Transit, and the Virginia Tech campus including inside of one of the greenhouses at the Hahn Horticulture Garden. By the end of the day we were exhausted from lugging around so much gear, I had my digital SLR, film SLR loaded up with Revolog Tesla 1 film, and one of the Polaroid Land Cameras that Emily let me borrow to learn how to use for her wedding in September. As you can surely see from the Polaroid images I have not mastered the process for exposure or focusing, but I like playing with the camera and I like the results even though technically they are not shot correctly.
More to come later on of Kirsten, I still have photos for the Bookish series that I shot with her, but I haven’t finished the roll of film yet. And hopefully we’ll be shooting together more when she comes down at the end of the semester! More from this shoot are up on Facebook if you are interested.
A couple weekends ago I had the opportunity to do a creative shoot with Megan who I met through Model Mayhem a couple of years ago. In fact, my favorite photo that I have ever taken was of Megan underwater [click here to view it]. It was really cold outside and even with multiple layers on we were both about to freeze to death. With such dramatic makeup I wasn’t sure how to edit the photos, so I had to go dramatic with the editing too and paired each photo up to give it an outer space/star struck feel. Did I mention there was snow that day? Sure it melted within a couple of hours and it was nothing like we got over this past weekend, but I feel like it is worth a mention because I had been praying hard for snow.
I was sick all weekend, but I wouldn’t let a cold stop me from the mini road trip to downtown Roanoke for a fun, casual, and completely unstructured photo shoot that I had planned! I met Stephanie through a modeling website a few months ago and finally we were both available to get together on Monday. Katie of Katie Estes Photography came along too! We wandered around aimlessly through downtown Roanoke for a few hours, none of us really had any idea where we were or where we were going the majority of the time.
Our first stop was Roanoke Catholic School, a building that I have always loved and as a small child thought that it was a Disney castle every time I visited Roanoke with my family. After we found some legal parking, we trekked across a pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks to wander through streets and an alleyway filled with the most amazing graffiti. It was freezing cold, but Stephanie was an excellent sport walking around in shorts. I had so much fun, it had been probably about two months since I did a casual portrait shoot so long overdue. I’m going to make it a point this year to do at least one personal photo shoot per month – which means I will need models so if you are interested, please let me know!