Beautiful Brooklyn Bouquets

This past weekend, I attended a wedding in Brooklyn. It was incredibly beautiful and thoughtful, the food was on point, and most of all my wine glass was never empty. The bride, my boyfriend's sister, is not only stunning but would kill Elle if only she could find her (you know who you are, Elle). Gina and her husband Jason met during their first semester of college at Syracuse and have been dating for almost a decade, so the proposal was a real shocker. 

The colors of the wedding were predominantly yellow and blue. The centerpieces were beautifully arranged and consisted mostly of various types of lilies and large daisies. As CJ and I were stumbling out of the wedding, the wedding assistants offered us leftover centerpieces, which we drunkenly and excitedly accepted along with various bags of donuts and leftover favors. We knew the flowers would make for a perfect setting in a future shoot, so we took them and waited for an opportunity.

Gabby, one of my best friends and basically my photography go-to girl (as can be seen from her many appearances in my portfolio), was in the area and was down to make my vision for this photo a reality. She and CJ gave me great advice on designing the set, and nailed makeup and styling while I set the scene and lighting. Within only a few shots, we were able to capture exactly what we wanted and more. 

Secondly...

Last Wednesday I shot another image for my new series, Chroma. It's hard not to notice Katie's natural beauty when you meet her. She is one of those girls who doesn't regularly wear makeup and has a completely effortless vibe and personality, so placing her in nature but still keeping the studio setting was important to me for Katie's image. But before we could get started, we needed to have a glass or two of nature's gift to us... WINE!

After managing some mischief Harry Potter style, CJ started work on styling and set. CJ is first and foremost my handsome boyfriend, and secondly my right hand man on my shoots. He was a huge help designing the set and assisting me in my lighting scheme, as well as taking the burns from lighting the smoke bombs. YIKES! 

Shooting Katie was easy. She delivered every time through the smoke without fail, and she was so fun and positive throughout the whole process, despite this being her first time modeling. I'm so glad that I was able to have her be a part of my new series. Stay tuned for more!

First of all...

Two days ago, I started production of my series Chroma which got off the ground with an idea of doing work with vivid colors. I brainstormed what my first series should be and what I wanted out of it until I knew that I wanted a something clean but yet chaotic, as well as full of color and images which show a subject depicting their own personal interests and passions. So when I came across smoke bombs randomly walking through the store, I was immediately inspired to use them in some way. On the ride home after purchasing a few boxes, I knew I wanted to make a series of images using them in multiple different concepts, colors, and varieties of subject matter. For my first shot, I knew Ivy would be a great person to shoot as I had recently done a shoot with her and all of the work I've done with her has turned out to be some of my best. Also, she had just dyed her hair blue, which is awesome. 

Ivy, being a vintage seller mainly in fashion, had vast amounts of style choices for me to choose from as well as appropriate era furniture for our setup. Once the shoot started, with my lighting and posing ideas ready, we lit our first smoke bomb placed in her tea cup. The first smoke bomb goes off and nothing really came out, a total dud! The second try at it resulted with the fuse is going down, and POP! The bomb exploded and pieces shot everywhere! A piece of ember burned Ivy, and out of pain and excitement, okay maybe fear, she dropped the saucer and broke her tea cup, inevitably giving us the hilarious action shot below.

So, needles to say, things initially were off to a great start (insert sarcasm).  Getting someone to again hold a tea cup with a burning object inside took a little bit of coercing. However, Ivy was willing to give it one more go! The very next try we got the shot we needed in which everything worked and happened as I had envisioned, and we wrapped up. 

I'm very excited about and happy with the start of my first series. It's everything I imagined the first image to be and I can't wait to see where it is going to go. Hopefully there will be less injuries in future shoots.