Vintage Shoot

One of my favorite ways to spend a weekend is shooting with a group of fun and creative people, and a couple weeks ago I was able to do just that.  Ok, admittedly I do that pretty much every weekend, but this one was something I’d been thinking about for several months, first time shooting three people at once and a little more involved planning from a wardrobe and styling perspective.   


While plenty of things had to get changed from the original idea, I actually really enjoyed pulling together production for this one and what we ended up getting. The idea of two backgrounds cornered together to make a pseudo room was something I’d seen people do for awhile and always wanted to try. Leslie at Indigo on Chestnut was kind enough to let us use one of her chairs and with the exception of the red dresses all the wardrobe came from The Academy Theatre

One of the looks I’d wanted to go for was a more elegant look, the all red dresses actually ended up being by chance. When I was picking out wardrobe I forgot to take into account a little thing like sizing :) Needless to say, this caused a few problems and decided to scrap that idea, instead I’d asked them to bring whatever dresses they had and liked in the style. Erika had this fantastic red gown and Autumn had her green homecoming dress. Toss in a few things from my previous/future shoot closet (the one Maddie’s wearing will just be known as Maddie’s dress from now on till I just give it to her) and we were able to pull it off anyways.

Course, what shoot happens without forgetting something? In this case it was something tiny…shoes. I’m sitting down an hour before the shoot pulling my pose inspiration ideas into one folder and realize I’d completely forgotten to account for shoes at all.  Quick panicked texts later and Erika’s already got some packed, Madison and Autumn bring their show shoes and potential disaster averted. Luckily they all had the same size feet too, so from now on Autumn’s idea of planning shoots around model foot size is in effect.

I think once spring/summer hits though…I’m still shooting the original idea, and going to try doing it at the Baldwin Reynolds house instead of in a studio.


From left to right (above) Autumn Vogel, Erika Gilmore, and Madison Morgan


Pittsburgh Shoot

Awhile back during a shoot up here Erika (you can also find her fashion blog here) and I had discussed doing something a little more fashion oriented preferably in a city to get some fun backdrops for the photos.  Life interferes sometimes, between work and classes it wasn't until the end of June before I was able to get away, but we both found a day when we could get together for a shoot.  

We had a few problems actually getting together with work delaying the start, and police shutting down a few streets she needed because of a protest, but eventually we both made it to the Pittsburgh Fairmont!

This was a much different shoot than I was used to, part of it in a hotel room, part of it outside, I used a camera I haven't in ages (the Fuji X-Pro2), and while I started with my usual prime lenses, I switched to the XF 18-55mm for the vast majority of it.  Really had a great time with it though, learned a few lessons, remembered how fun using a smaller camera can be, the freedom that not being tethered (both literally to a computer and figuratively to all my studio gear) gives.  I think this is something I'll be trying to do a lot more often.


No Holds

Lately I've been trying to get out of my comfort zone a bit more.  I'm pretty happy and comfortable working in a studio where everything is under my control, but getting outside of it can be a little nerve-racking, compromises have to be made, things MacGyvered (ok, that part's fun), etc.  I'm forced to think about things differently and I have different things to work with though, things that can help push me to be a better photographer all around.

When Nicole suggested a boxing themed shoot it seemed like the perfect chance to do just that.  Her gym, No Holds Boxing and Fitness in West Virginia was available and her trainer Keith could be there as well and was open having his photos done too.

Overall, I had a blast, Keith's a fantastic guy, Nicole's always fun, and they both look like badasses.

Floral Beauty

This series on Floral Beauty is a continuation of an idea for a collaboration Dan Hunter and I had last year after doing the Catwalk on Chestnut (just wait till this years!).  We'd wanted to showcase some of the talent and beauty in Meadville, floral, photographic, and just plain artistic in general.

These specific images were done in collaboration with Women's Services of Meadville to be first displayed at a gala to raise awareness of Women's Services, what they do for the community, and to coincide with Sexual Assault Awareness month.

The ten women in this project all have a unique story and journey through their lives to where they're at now.  Some are still finding themselves, some are more secure with who they are, but all are beautiful and unique.  I spent time interviewing each women, wanting to hear about who they were, what brought them to this area, what they liked doing, how they spent their time, in general just trying to get a sense of who they were.  

Each woman had a unique look tailored to themselves, what flowers and colors they liked and trying to tie in an element of their story.  With Emily we went for a bit more of a witchy look to tie her beliefs in, Autumn was "Alice in Wonderland" inspired from a memory of something on a tour of Allegheny College, Pudge was just pink on pink for her favorite colors and personality.

All in all, a wonderful project that'll be continued in the future, just in a slightly different way.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their time and services to pulling this off.  Dan Hunter for all the amazing floral work, Sydney Bravo for her work on their hair, Sarah Chapp, Angela Boyd, and Jacqueline Cerne for their beautiful makeup, and Nick Ozorak for the videography.

Nick Ozorak did a fantastic job documenting the actual shoots themseves, you can see the video he shot and put together here

Here's some quick behind the scenes photos

Hannah - Woodland Princess

Another Sunday well spent doing a collaboration between myself, Dan Hunter at Cobble Stone Cottage and Gardens, Sarah Chapp of Sarah Kate Makeup ArtistrySydney Bravo at Park Plaza Styles, and our ever lovely model, Hannah.

Had a chance to try a few different looks, including getting outside to test out some strobes with high speed sync to see how they'd work.  Overall, a great way to spend a day!