Our fashion partner, Michelle, who owns Pretty Little Things is the brain-power behind these shoots.
I basically just show up with my camera.
The concept behind this particular shoot was a glamping vibe with a retro feel.
Michelle is always pushing me to produce images that are beyond the boundaries of my normal portrait work.
Which I love and hate.
I love shooting differently; utilizing lenses that don’t come out of my bag much, and new lighting techniques. These shoots are an opportunity to me to grow, practice and learn. Last year I actually learned a whole new off camera flash system doing these shoots (which I now utilize with ease). Which is freaking awesome.
Then there’s the matter of editing. I love clean edits. However, editing styles are subject to trends (thank you Instagram filters). Several years ago it was a low contrast matte look, then a pastel light & airy edit, now it’s a dark, contrasty film look – all so fun and wonderful…but I want my photography to look timeless. So this is where I bite my lip and work on edits per the shoot’s vision board.
I take a deep breath and then use photoshop techniques to create an edit that will give the photo the desired look and feel for the shoot …which I jokingly refer to as “ruining my pictures”.
Although I sort of fuss about it, if I’m honest, it’s a nice creative excursion for me. Creating film-like effects has forced me to use different editing tools and learn more about Photoshop.
Learning is always good and playing photography reminds me that this is more than a job, it’s also a hobby.