portraits

Louisville Coffee Shop Portraits | Grace

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!

Model: Grace | MAZZA Models

Autumn Louisville Graduation Portraits | Lexina

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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Yoga and Lindy Hop Around Louisville | Emily

Emily is a yoga and Lindy Hop teacher in Louisville, and when she was looking for a photographer to shoot photos of her doing yoga and Lindy Hop around the city I jumped at the chance to photograph her! I was eager to test out a new camera-- plus she's an amazing person and a joy to photograph. I was obsessed with getting photos of her with some of Louisville's colorful street art/murals, and we caught some of the early spring flowering trees and wild flowers too!

We hit up the waterfront/Big Four Bridge, Butchertown, Cherokee Park, and the Highlands for this fun, colorful session.

Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Lenses: Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8, Canon EF85mm f/1.8USM

Boudoir and Studio Portraits | Sarah

Finally getting this boudoir and portrait session up on the blog! I loved shooting this moody boudoir session with Sarah in February-- with that fickle winter sun granting us with fascinating light and shadows flickering in and out of our shots. 

For the in-studio portraits, I wanted to experiment-- I painted a huge canvas dropcloth to use as a portrait background, some new printed wall tapestry backdrops from Society6, and colored light combos in my softboxes to play with. Sarah had some poses she wanted for her modeling portfolio, plus some killer hot pink boots that reminded me of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde so... obviously we had to get shots of those!

Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Lens: Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

10-minute Portrait Challenge | Emi

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!