State Capitol Fashion Photography

I've spent my whole life living in Utah and yet I hadn't ever set foot inside the Capitol until March. I was blown away with all the architecture and artistry inside, I could have spent all day staring at the ceiling.  But my reason for being there was a photo shoot, so gawking at the walls would have to wait.

I joined a group that sets up fashion shoots with models, make up artists and hair stylists, then we find a cool place and take some pictures.  On this particular day the group creator had been sent some dresses from a designer with a 1920's look so that instantly become the "theme" of the the shoot.  This was only my second time hanging out with the group and I'm struggling to command the shoot.  I don't do well coming up with poses for each picture, but I am really good at exploring a location and finding awesome spots, so my solution was to tag along with another photographer and point out where we should go next while she directed the model.  It was a great setup and I hope the other photographer benefited as much as I did. 

The model that we worked closest with also deserves a huge thank you.  She was super easy to work with and extra patient.  Two hours of being directed around can't be easy and if she wasn't having fun it certainly wasn't showing up in the pictures.  Many of the portrait sessions I've tried haven't been full of great photos, but when you have a model that is used to being in front of the camera it becomes so much easier.  It makes all the difference between amateur and professional!

State Capitol 1920s Flapper
1920s Flapper
1920s Fashion Photography
Utah State Capitol Photography
Utah Fashion Photography
Utah Fashion Photography

Practicing Portraits

I've been looking through some of my favorite photos and realized that there are a bunch I haven't shared, other than adding them to my portfolio.  I thought if I like them, maybe you'll like them too, so here we go!

These images are a set that I did last summer.  I was trying out a few techniques that were new to me.  I wanted to figure out what I liked and really nail down my portrait style (broad horizons, right?) so I was really excited to see what I came up with.  The entire experience was great for me because I learned a bunch about hand placement in close up shots, and about how to direct a model.  I was also really happy because it was the first time on a portrait shoot that I was coming up with posing ideas faster than I could take pictures, the flow of the entire shoot was wonderful.

As I said, I was working on a few different styles, so the whole set doesn't hold the same feel, But I would say I came away with some keepers! 

Flower Portrait
Flower Toss Portrait
Picking Flowers Portrait
Hat Spin Portrait
Fence Portrait