I always love when I get to shoot actual, glamorous gowns and tuxes, and when I met V at the Georgetown studio for her consult I knew we would turn out some incredible portraits. How incredibly gorgeous is this family together? The gold dress was an afterthought gown, and yet it was some of my favorite styling. Picking a warm, medium-to-light grey backdrop for this shoot really picked up and accented the warmth of their portraits. We finished with more casual fashion portraits on the white backdrop to get them a very well-rounded collection of portraits for their home!
Dancers are some of my favorite people to photograph, and Bella was no exception. She came into the studio with a very clear idea of what she was looking for and had great feedback for me as we worked together.
After we nailed her must-have portraits, I got to have free creative reign with her and together we created beautiful, soft, romantic ballet portraits in her grey gown and blue leotard.
Tonight she stars at the Palace Theater in Georgetown in production Ruth. I can’t wait to see the beauty you create on stage, Bella!
One of my favorite types of commissioned portraits is a modeling series, which is exactly what we did for Jerren. With the help of his mom, Sarah, we styled and built his modeling portfolio with an ambercrombie-meets-vintage-film mood. We also created not only a gorgeous family portrait of the two of them, but some stunning images of Sarah! Family portraits are the perfect time to get in front of the camera and get a gorgeous solo portrait!
Often, when people ask me "who is your favorite photographer", I have a massive brain fart and suddenly can't think of anybody except Peter Lindbergh. But there are several out there who have inspired me along my path as a creative, as a human, and as a photographer. It's hard to put these in any kind of order, but in general these are some of my favorites.
I don’t remember the first time I became aware of Elizabeth Messina but her soft, delicate, feminine portrait resonated with something in my soul. Although I don’t by any means affiliate my style with hers, her beautiful portraits never cease to stir something in my soul… and also I love her incredibly gorgeous family like whoa.
If you’re not already following Ann Street Studio on Instagram how do you even, bro? Jamie is master of light, master of beauty, maker of Cinemgraph with her husband Kevin. An artiste, and a romantic, Jamie’s point of view from her idyllic home in Provence is captivating and full of masterful, intricate, intelligent beauty. And we would totally be besties IRL.
My admiration and love of Joey's work only deepened after I saw the photo-journal he created of the guerilla fighters in Kurdistan, and particularly his captures of the women gripped me. Joey is a commercial photographer but his style of subtly incorporating artificial light with natural lighting and elements fascinates and inspires me to do the same. I also crave his cinematic post processing and strive to add the same element of glitz to my own work.
I probably affiliate my style most closely with Lara’s, as my entire philosophy is centered around bringing high fashion to the family and giving private clients a commercial experience. I love her ability to create a beautiful, soft image and a resolute, masculine image in the same fashion photo. Her icy-clean lighting styles appeals to my sensibilities and her soft colors and styling makes my heart skip a beat.
And of course, where would I be without Peter Lindbergh? From first glimpsing his work in fashion magazines as a teenager to my absolutely favorite shoot several years ago with mature supermodels, his soulful work of women has always stirred me to strive to capture the essence of people, in their most beautiful and also their most natural.
That’s it for now! Who inspires you and what you do?
The NY Times just published a fabulous article by Diksha Basu that is perfect for today's blogpost - not only is it about the "rebranding" of Motherhood, but I think it's also about taking back what Motherhood is and should be! I highly recommend the read.
Speaking of mothers, I absolutely adored this portrait session. Rebecca has gorgeous, classy sass to her personality and wardrobe, and playful little Olive is just the spitting image of her mama. Just look at those big, dark eyes! Mommy & Me photo sessions are some of my favorites. Just think how much Olive is going to love her portrait collection of prints when she goes to college, or when she gets married, or - especially - if she has her own children one day?
As mothers, we naturally turn to our own mamas, good or bad, to discover our own identity and to figure out who we should or shouldn't be. Olive will have so much to look up to and so much to look forward to. I look forward to hearing how their little family portrait will be displayed and loved in the years to come.
“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” — Gail TsukiyamaRead More
We all have a brand. A "schtick", right? In this world of social media, newsletters, websites, our presentation of ourselves communicates in a glance almost as much about us as conversation over a candlelight dinner on a first date. The "you" you show to the world - is it the real you? Is it the way you see yourself? The way you think others see you? Or who you want them to see?
Creating the right headshot is a lot more involved than an iphone and a blank wall. Who will make you laugh for that money-shot you need? Who will capture that split second caught-off-guard look in your eyes? Who will tell you what poses look good for YOU? Who will help you style what your brand needs?
Whether you're an interior designer... an acupuncturist... a consultant and connector... a home organizer... When you're ready to create that perfect collection of portraits for your personal brand, you come right back here and book your custom session.
Khristine is a Feng-Shui-based interior designer helping mothers make their homes into modern, minimalist, welcoming places of sanctuary. Her warm energy pulls you right in and engages you in conversation and her bubbly, firecracker personality keeps you laughing and wondering where the time went!
We created some incredible personal branding portraits of Khristine for her website, www.khristinetolentino.com. These are some of my favorite portraits to create because every entrepreneur is a new challenge, a new purpose! We incorporated her brand colors - white, black, and some soft pink - with fashion-inspired lighting and styling to capture her warm personality, and her boss-babe drive!
Now that we've addressed the Who, Why, and Where, we’re going to talk about the HOW. Let’s break it down…Read More
Where to begin with planning a portrait? This two part series will help give some direction!Read More
One of my favorite things is getting to photograph families not once, but multiple times, as they grow and evolve into legacies....Read More