Everyone meet Bryce, the munchkin I nanny! It’s snowing again here in NY (surprise…) so we decided to take advantage of a little break in the flurries and go play in it this morning! The result was too much cute for even me to handle:
This little one has the most incredible blue eyes and they express so much! She’s a pretty cute little snow baby!
On this day 3 years ago, Hailey and I embarked on yet another one of our photoshoots. We’ve done some pretty wild photoshoots over the years, with crazy outfits and unlimited creativity, but this is still one of my favorites. I was still studying photography and my assignment was to imitate the work of the great David LaChapelle. His portfolio is eccentric, colorful, exotic, arresting, and completely unique.
These aren’t my typical style, but it’s really important to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while and remember what you’re made of. You might find yourself out there.
I didn’t have the incredible studio space or budget, but I did have a very creative model with a vast wardrobe and an amazing (secret) location. Can you say improvisation?
There was something so freeing about forcing myself to take wild photos like this, especially with my favorite model. It is so much fun to look back at these and see how much we’ve changed and grown. Here’s to even more growth in the next few years!
I have totally neglected my website as of late and I feel terrible! I have good reason, though:
I’m a nanny! This is my first week caring for the cute kiddos, so I’ve been trying to fall into a routine. I get to hang out with a toddler all day and read Frozen books, swing, color and decipher babble. 😉
I’m also a fresh part of a really cool new app called KKTalkee, which helps people in China learn better English through live video broadcasting. Basically, I deliver a bunch of content and then answer any questions and encourage them to speak. I’m really loving this because those who know me well know I’m a total stickler for grammar and spelling, and I’m also following in my grandma’s teaching footsteps – just in a modern way.
It’s been a week of firsts! Glad to have the nerves shaken off and ready to grind 🙂
When Moo.com has a sale, I always take advantage. It seems like these sales happen right as I’m running out of business cards – win! Anyways, I was taking advantage of this sale last night, which meant perusing my photo catalog to pick out my favorite photos from the last few months, so I can print them onto my new set of business cards. It sounds silly but I hardly ever look back at my work, so going through all of these photos totally brought back memories. And made me homesick.
In no particular order, here are a few of my favorites from last fall:
I think I’ll look back through my work more often. This was just what I needed to cure my homesickness ❤ I can’t wait to start networking here so I can get some more amazing clients!
I’m starting off my set of tips and tricks with Expressions!
“True” expressions from people are precious. Sometimes the expression is one of happiness and laughter, or maybe you caught your subject off guard and they look innocent. They’re great to see live, but even better to look back on in the future. Whatever expression is crossing their face will help trigger a memory, thus delivering a smile and turning your photo into something captivating.
An expression can change the entire feel of the photo. Obviously one of laughter conveys good times and no worries, maybe even making you smile.
My portfolio is arguably 90% photos of people smiling or laughing, but I believe “blank” expressions are just as special. Some people really speak with their eyes, so for them a blank expression can convey much more than the obvious smile or frown.
Of course, a goofy face never hurt anyone 😉
I get the best expressions from my subjects when I just talk to them to get a feel for who they are, what they like and how they react to jokes and what-not. It’s amazing how well you can get to know someone in a short amount of time! Experiment with your subjects, their expressions and what provokes each one, or try some shots of a blank stare. Kids are a really good start to capturing expressions.
What would you like to see next? Props? Lighting? Landscape? Let me hear your ideas!