Finished these witchy portraits just in time for Halloween! Claire and I took these spooky, Halloween-y, witch photos late last October in Louisville— the height of fall foliage in Kentucky…
My goal this winter was to catch up on all the blogging, business development, and website stuff— and as a Louisville photographer, I thought that would be quite doable, since in my experience, most of my photoshoots in Louisville happen in the spring, summer, and fall… Well… that’s not what happened. I stayed busy with freelance work, personal projects, photoshoots with local models, and the like. Which is a long winded explanation for why it took me so long to post this blog from my session with Grace, a local model I photographed this mid-winter! We met at a locally owned coffeeshop and did a shoot right there, with various patrons looking on. Luckily, the coffeeshop goers didn’t mind, and we found a variety of interesting backdrops (I’m obsessed with that yellow wall and the mural outside), and great light to work with!
“She belonged to a different age, but being so entire, so complete, would always stand up on the horizon, stone-white, eminent, like a lighthouse marking some past stage on this adventurous, long, long voyage, this interminable --- this interminable life.”
― Virginia Woolf
I’ve always had a fascination with the gorgeous Gothic architecture at Crescent Hill Reservoir, and as a Louisville photographer, that meant it was on my “portrait photo location bucket list”. Thankfully this winter, model Alexis Bode agreed to do a photoshoot there with me. We both felt very inspired by the Brontës and 19th-century literature on that gloomy day by the reservoir. Gothic novel/book covers/Sargent painting vibes, for sure.
“It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.”
― Virginia Woolf
I am so excited to share these portraits I took of Lexina for her graduation from the University of Louisville! We had a blast at UofL campus taking some portraits in her cap and gown, popping champagne (to various degrees of success), followed by some fun photos in St. Matthews to take advantage of the autumn leaves! One of the best things about being a Louisville photographer is the variety the city offers in terms of locations to photograph! When we saw the gorgeous golden yellow ginkgo tree and vibrant violet Japanese maple trees we knew we had to use them in these portraits!
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Being a photographer in the winter can be a bit rough-- simultaneously playing catch up with personal photography projects and pining for warm weather so you can book shoots. This winter I joined the Tribe Collective photography group on Facebook and it has inspired me to think about photo editing-- and occasionally photography itself-- in new ways (or remember old ways). They periodically have photo challenges, and I have been entering a few of them as they come up. In collaboration with Ryan Muirhead, Tribe Collective presented a portrait challenge that I just loved.
Challenge: portraits in 10 minutes with the first minute spent nailing the settings, only shooting the photo when you're "ready" to take it, and no looking at the camera screen after each shot.
Bonus: Emi's neon ghost light makes a cameo!