Monthly Archives: September 2011
If you haven’t checked out part 1 of this fun session with four best friends and roommates, please do so now! I think all creatives should push themselves outside of their comfort zone, try new things and seek inspiration continually – whether it’s in books, magazines, movies or just spending time with God and your family and friends. The second part of this session was so much fun and definitely pushed me a bit outside of my comfort zone. I haven’t photographed props, details, etc. since my wedding photography days. I forgot how much fun it is to capture all that eye candy. Collaboration is something I’d love to do more of and I also believe it pushes an artist to learn and grow. What’s the fun in always doing your own thing and not seeking ideas and inspiration from others? Collaboration brings a new perspective, new relationships and maybe even a new love for your craft that might have been hiding for a bit.
I met Vanessa just under a year ago (although I feel like I’ve known her forever!) and have really admired her work with other photographers. Please check out her work at ButterflySparks.com. In addition to being a savvy graphic designer, she has a keen eye for detail and making whimsical, artistic photo sets and I just knew I wanted to collaborate with her for this session. Becca, Melanie, Lauren and Adriana love to bake together. Knowing this, Vanessa created a beautiful “cupcake party” complete with a handmade cupcake liner garland. Swoon.
This shoot also gave me the chance to work with a talented makeup artist – Sabrina Hull of Sambri Salon. One thing I’ve learned in photographing seniors is that makeup is pretty essential to the shoot. It makes a huge difference in the outcome of the photographs giving the subject a fresh, not overdone, look. Sabrina did just that with each girl, creating custom colors for their skin tones and they were so excited about the results. We kept them age-appropriate and pretty natural looking. I notice that teens and women seem to feel better, therefore photographing a little better with that extra confidence professional makeup can give. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Stay tuned for an-depth article I’m working on regarding makeup and your photo shoot. I’m pretty passionate about it.
And now, a cupcake party for four….(don’t you wish you’d been invited?)
And what’s a cupcake party post without a fabulous recipe? The girls have shared one of their favorite desserts with you. Enjoy! I can’t wait to!
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
Meet Lauren, Adriana, Becca and Melanie – four Texas A&M Aggies that love Jesus, baking and dancing. I had the most fun photographing these best friends and college roommates last weekend. This session will be posted in two parts as we did two different “themes”. I don’t typically do “styled” or themed shoots with props etc., but when these girls called me to discuss what they wanted, I thought it would be a great opportunity to work with my new friend, Vanessa Warren, of ButterflySparks. She is an amazing graphic designer and prop stylist and if you’re going to go all out, she’s most certainly your girl.
This first part wasn’t heavy on props as I just wanted to capture the girls in their boots (they love to wear their boots and go dancing together!) and the connections between them. I was able to secure a beautiful farm and God blessed us with a little bit of a break from the blazing heat and some gorgeous light.
After a long day of wardrobe styling (my studio looked like what you would image if four college aged girls moved in – entire closets of clothing and accessories) and professional makeup done by the super talented Sabrina Hull of Sambri Salon and Spa, we headed out with Vanessa for our 2-part shoot and the girls were such troopers. The farm had a couple barn cats that kept stalking and even taunting us (you’ll see them make an appearance below.)
Girls, thank you so much for trusting Vanessa and I – I hope this first post of faves makes you smile, appreciate your friendship even more and realize how beautiful you are on the inside and out. What a treat it was to photograph each of you!
In honor of heading back to school…
And remember how I said these girls love to bake together? Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come. Vanessa created a beautiful set celebrating that and I can’t wait to share the eye candy!
The “B” family is no stranger to my blog. Rebecca (she’ll always be Becky to me) and I have been friends for 20 years and I just hate it that we don’t live in the same city. Life has taken us on different paths, to different cities/states and back but one thing always remains— we pick up just where we left off and the gap never widens, only closes as time goes on. It’s a friendship I’m beyond blessed with and grateful for and and I’m so happy she found an amazing man in John. Together they’ve blended and added to a beautiful family which includes 17-year-old Megan, 13-year-old Maddie, 3-year-old Walker and 1-year-old Wyatt. They now live in Colorado and since I was going to be in Vail for the annual National Association of Professional Child Photographers retreat, we decided to meet in Denver prior to my workshop to photograph the whole family. These images are super special because lots of changes were and are on the horizon – Megan, who is autistic, would soon be going to spend some time with her mother in Texas and John might be deploying in October (Thank you so much for your service, John!) Despite Dr. John having worked an all-nighter before this session and the small window we had to shoot within, this session couldn’t be any sweeter to me. Becky and John, I hope you enjoy these faves from our whirlwind morning. You are so very dear to me!
Just as gorgeous as she was 20 years ago…if not, more.
I loved capturing John’s connection to his two boys…