Portrait Edition: Fall Photos

I instantly made a model call because I knew that in a day or two all that color would vanish. Ashlyn Christina immediately responded, saying we could shoot the next day. We took advantage of the Dallas fall colors and I AM SO HAPPY. I’ve always wanted to have fall photos in my portfolio because I love vivid warm colors and fall is the most magical month.

I stayed up so late editing these because I couldn’t put them down until I was finished. These fall portraits just glow. The light, the colors, and Ashlyn snapped and I can’t get over it.

These fall photos have me drooling. A fall in Dallas. Who would have thought?

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Creative Edition: Harsh Light & Fruit

Harsh light is not scary or ugly as that’s a wildly popular opinion for photographers and their clients. Instead, that mid day light can be a gateway to creativity and expression, working with the most beautiful element—light.

Jillian and I really enjoyed these portraits, exploring a Dallas park under a deep blue October sky and bright sun.

We had been wanting to do a fruit-themed shoot for months now.

We both loved the idea because not only is fruit an aphrodisiac but it’s also earthy, colorful, and expressive with its many textures and shapes.

Jillian was the perfect model for this harsh sunlight because she rocked that mid-day glare in her eyes so beautifully. Anyone that can squint at a camera and still look stellar is an excellent subject haha.

This shoot felt so connected to roots and the earth. I love a natural element in a shoot.

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Fashion Edition : Collaborative Fashion Shoot in Fort Worth, Texas

A Fort Worth fashion shoot is in the books. And no, it's not a Stockyards southern boutique inspired fashion shoot just because I said Fort Worth. This Fort Wort fashion shoot is urban and bold

When you put a bunch of creatives in a cool, urban setting with a loud speaker playing music you'll find they get a little weird and a lot imaginative.

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Senior Portrait Edition : Rylee

It's such an honor to take important photos for someone because I get to visually illustrate how cool he or she is. And if y'all don't know Rylee, let me tell you, she's freaking cool.

The day of her shoot, we met up in Dallas and explored a bit. She took me to this sweet parking garage where we got amazing views of the Fountain Place as a backdrop. Fun Fact: my sister and I have always called this building the airplane building because of its shape. I'm always down for parking garages so I was super pumped for that. We also walked around the streets, visited the eye ball of Dallas, hung out under the lights at the Majestic theater, and just caught up on life. When I do urban portraits, I really enjoy walking around and exploring places, always on the lookout for light, colors, and design. We definitely found fun places to shoot that day and I can't wait to shoot in Dallas again!

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Editorial Photoshoot: Fashion Inspired Lake Day

I shot as if it were an Editorial photoshoot by choosing a set location and a specific outfit for the model, working with a chosen mood, and utilizing a variety of poses and visual references such as a boat, sand, and water to embellish the summer-to-fall transition theme. However, it was a low budget shoot with no team to prep for it like Editorial shoots have. Also, unlike a true Editorial photoshoot, we didn't choose a specific clothing or fashion brand but we chose the fashion based on the visuals and created an illusion as if the shoot were representing a brand. I was more interested in the visual aspect and what the clothing, model, and environment was capable of narrating to the viewer. 

Basically, it was a much more relaxed and inexpensive version of an Editorial shoot but I definitely planned for the outcome to look Editorial.

For the shoot, I decided to capture a fusion of fall colors and summer wear as autumn starts to creep in, but let's be real, it's Texas and still pretty blazing hot. The romper we chose is perfect as it has sleeves with a fall color palette and pattern, but it is also thin and airy for a warm lake day. Basically, it is the perfect fashion piece to transition from summer to fall. 

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Summer Sunset Shoot in Marigold

Folksy, bohemian, free-spirited portrait sessions in nature during the late summertime are what my photography dreams are made of.

Texas is wonderful to shoot for that flat horizon and sunset sky. Not to mention that cornfields, yellow sunflowers, pink crepe myrtles, and a marigold dress sure do make my job easier.

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Carlotta : An Italian Goddess

Carlotta. Before I introduce you to her, I did a little Google search on the meaning of her name.

Free & Strong.

This is pretty accurate.

Carlotta is a goddess as you'll see from her photos. She reminds me of Venus with her hair and classic, strong features.

She's got an aura like fire. The kind of fire you want to be near because it warms you up and suddenly the current moment turns timeless and beautiful.

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Portrait Editing : VSCO & Sleeklens

So I took it upon myself to test out these Sleeklens tools by comparing my original VSCO edits with Sleeklens edits.

With my VSCO edits, I select a preset, adjust as needed, and retouch in Photoshop.

With my Sleeklens edits, I rarely had to open Photoshop for more retouching because the brushes could do everything in Lightroom.

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