As I have stated before, somewhere, even though I specialize in children’s portraits, I am a portrait photographer at my core. I love photographing people. I love the energy exchange during the session and the collaborative nature of them. Normally, when I do photograph adults, it is either for headshots/branding or of parents with their children. Just recently, I had a fun and creative shoot with my awesome cousin. Sometimes you just have to let loose and try something new.
The last time I photographed my cousin, it was just on a whim. She was recording a promo video for me and at the end of the video I felt compelled to photograph her. Well, since she used to be a model, as well as an athlete, why wouldn’t I want to photograph her? If you want to know more about her and see images from that session, click here.
Being that I am an inspired photographer, I often get ideas while in the shower or when I am just relaxing or just from what I see. Some of the images that we created during this session came to me during a conversation with my cousin. She told me that she had started taking ballet and that’s when my mind went into overdrive. I even picked out the outfit because I had a particular color palette and feel I wanted. My goal was to create some high key and contrasty images, as well.
Even though I love color, I tend to prefer earth tones. I also love portraits in black and white. Sometimes a story is better told when the color is removed, plus black and white is so classic. Basically, this session allowed me to stretch my creative muscles and photograph out of my normal genre. We all need to break out and do something different in order to keep creating and break out of a rut.
For this session, I rented a studio because I needed more space than my home studio would allow. You probably can’t tell, but my cousin is 6 feet tall. We also needed a hard, steady surface and carpet just doesn’t provide that, especially when wearing pointe shoes. The studio provided for a great backdrop with several options. I kept getting inspired the entire time we were there and Gayle was excellent at giving me just what I asked for. Enjoy some of my favorite images from the session.
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” ~ Scott Adams