Changing the way I shoot and edit from now on.
I got to shoot with Hanna last week! She's a dancer at Visceral Dance in Chicago and runs her own dance company called Integrity Dance Company.
These photos are my second edits, since halfway through editing the first time I didn't feel satisfied with the colors as they were too cool and blue and vibrant.
I admired how muscular Hanna was, and wanted the warm tones in these images to emphasize the gracefulness of her silhouette and have the shadow lines point out the strength of her dancer body. With the rest of the image in a red tone, the blue of her leotard stood out more from the rest of the environment.
Hanna jumped a lot for these photos, and even climbed a lamp post for me. In retrospect, I should have sought out a frame first and then have Hanna do the physical work of climbing or jumping because I'm sure it gets tiring no matter how athletic you are. I appreciated all that Hanna was willing to do for the shots and I'm looking forward to planning another shoot with her soon to try out some other ideas. :)
Enjoy these photos of Hanna!
I shot with Maggie in San Diego and it was one of my favorite shoots yet!
Some things I learned from this shoot:
- Do poses around what your model is wearing. We were going to take headshots of Maggie. For some reason, I asked her to climb monkey bars in her dress, and we got photos of her dress going up towards her waist. Whoopsies.
- Distinguish your background. I asked Maggie to squat in front of a dark wall that had no lighting in the background. The photo ended up looking moody, which is also nice, but as I was editing, I realized that I can distinguish my background and foreground better by having lights in the background as well.
- Spend more time shooting and less time walking around. I liked this photoshoot because we didn't walk around so much looking for a location, which meant I had more time to actually shoot and get photos! It helps to keep a running list of locations that inspire you, that look good, that have good lighting, and go to those locations when you have a shoot in mind. Location scouting is something I'm working on, and I keep a separate Instagram for reference of inspiration for shoot ideas.
Some things I enjoyed about this shoot:
- Maggie is active. During most of the shoot, she just did her own thing as I stayed back and took photos. She was willing to jump and climb monkey bars, and just picked up a basketball and started playing with it later on. She also made suggestions of things she could possibly do for the shoot, and the whole process was pleasant and enjoyable. It didn't feel like working at all, and it didn't once feel like the model was telling me what to take pictures of (lmao like dafuq you said?) It felt like I was hanging out with a friend and taking candid photos of the cute moments.
- Maggie looks interesting. This sounds funny, and I'm laughing a little to myself as I write this, but hear me out. So, there are some people out there who tend to look the same in all of their pictures, no matter what you ask them to do. Whether it's tilting their head at a certain angle or positioning their lips and teeth the same way, it's like they have a go-to face and freeze as soon as they look into a camera lens. Well, Maggie looks interesting because she looks so different from many angles and has so many different expressions. It was so nice just watching Maggie be herself and for me to capture those lovely faces. She doesn't try to look interesting, she just does. Nam sayin? I laik it.
- It was my first shoot outside of Chicago! It's good to get out of your comfort zone and reach out to people. Some people will ignore you, some people will politely decline, and some may not even reply, but you will quickly get over it the more you experience it. I'm currently putting more effort into putting myself out there more often, and no's mean less to me than when I first started asking people for shoots. The more no's you hear, the faster you will get to a yes.
Doing this photoshoot with Maggie was super fun and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Maggie better while visiting her during my San Diego vacation. She's so kind, smart, and interesting as a person, and I'm really glad I got to know her a little bit better this time. Thanks for such a lovely shoot and time in SD, Maggie! <3 <3
Enjoy these photos of Maggie!