Portraits

Senior: Austin: Lexington, Kentucky Senior Photography

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Austin chose some downtown sites for an urban feel and a beautiful creek in the country for his senior photos. He looked so natural in both places! Here’s to your last year of high school!

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Cloned!

 

There’s a lot of fun to be had with Photoshop’s masking and layering. I love to be outside and I took my camera down to the KY river one day. I set up my camera and took several shots with my RC-1 remote. I blended the layer together for this mind-bending image. It’s ok to double-take:)

 

Arianna: Sweet Songstress: Lexington, Kentucky Portrait Photography

Arianna: gorgeous, talented, phenomenal and sooo sweet! She’s an opera student at the University of Kentucky. When she contacted me and told me she was a musician needing head shots, how was stoked was I? Music is laced through my heart and mind. I’m a saxophone player and tuba player by trade, former music major (a semester completed at UK, the rest at Belmont University) and have been playing music since I was 5. Yes I can carry a tune but not far:)

I’ve never met a woman who wasn’t self-conscience or didn’t compare herself to the media’s standard of beauty. It’s my goal-and job!- to portray a woman, no matter what size, as the inner model they are! That’s exactly what I did for a lady as lovely as Arianna. I met her at her parents’ house-beautiful property with Elkhorn Creek meandering through. We spent about an hour and a half taking portraits. Her eyes are so beautiful, one can easily get lost in them. She was the perfect model. She just knew how to show her confidence; just knew how to pose. This diva could easily be a model! The light was perfect and so was the weather.

I asked Arianna to write a few words on the experience.

“Ever since the Metropolitan Opera Company started doing their live HD weekend broadcasts in theaters, opera singers have been expected to look like supermodels. I decided to get new headshots because the last time I had them taken, I was 70 pounds heavier. I’m still a very curvy woman and definitely not the size of any supermodel, so I have a long ways to go in my weight loss process, but I still wanted to have new pictures to send for my auditions. Now for auditions, we are required to send a headshot, and usually either a 2/3 or full body shot. Those pictures can make or break whether or not someone is granted an audition, so I knew that the 70 pounds could really help make a difference. This year I am auditioning for some Young Artist and Resident Artist programs, along with some summer training programs. I am mostly auditioning for the ones that are doing Mozart’s the Magic Flute since I’ve already performed the role and will have a better chance at getting cast since I have the experience. The role I play is the Queen of the Night, who is a fierce and revengeful (but fabulous) Queen that is trying to get her power back. In opera headshots, we have to try to display the characters we would play in our pictures. So I tried to think of Tyra Banks and be “pretty fierce” in some of my pictures. I’m so excited because I totally have a few that I can work with. Most of the characters I play are either crazy, crazy in love, or kind of ditzy, so with the work of the amazing Dani, I think she acheived some perfect shots :-) I want to get new headshots again when I’ve reached my goal weight. I’m keeping a scrapbook of my progress. I still probably have another 100 pounds to go, but I know that when I do reach that goal I will definitely call Dani. :-)”
Thanks for being the fabulous diva you are Araianna! Can’t wait to see your name in lights:)

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Holly: Cincinnati Senior Photos

Holly’s senior photo shoot: We were on top of the world! Well…kind of:) Eden Park in Cincinnati has a view that overlooks Covington/ Newport and the Ohio River. It’s just breathtaking there in fall. Oranges, reds, yellows woven throughout the rolling hills. It’s a grand park with plenty of walking/ running trails. The best part-right next to the Cincinnati Art Museum! I lose hours in there.

I was so excited when Holly’s mom contacted me for her photos and suggested the park. Last October I was at that same park taking engagement photos for her sister and brother-in-law! How blessed am I to stay in the family?:) I immediately went to work getting her to feel comfortable with me and the camera by asking her to wade into some large foxy-tailed plants. Surly her giggles were questioning the validity of my credentials…lol. Needless to say we had a fabulous time in the 75-ish degree October weather. Holly’s bright, beautiful eyes and gorgeous hair made nearly every frame irresistible. She was such a good sport as I coached her on how to twirl the umbrella and dance around. It might feel unnatural but it looks great in print!

Holly you are breath-taking! College will be a blast. Enjoy your senior year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To See a Beautiful Woman: Cincinnati Portrait

Women: we are so delicate, so lovely. We were made to be admired; made to want to be admired. No, we are not sexual objects but artwork worthy of being respected and cherished. This gorgeous young woman is a professional from Cincinnati. “Redd” knows how to carry herself with confidence and poise and it’s only fitting that photographs should reflect her personality. We had such a fine time taking portraits. She was so much fun, willing to hunker down in the tall grass for some great backgrounds. Thanks for a fun shoot Redd! Stay fabulous:)

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Telling Stories in a Single Frame- John, Senior Portraits:Lexington, KY Senior Photographs

For 13 years you live a scholastic life that’s much the same. The curriculum changes, the rooms,  and maybe the faces. But every evening after school you eventually make it home to the house you grew up in; the house with your brother or sister and parents. But there comes a time when things change. Decisions about career and life really start to matter. They finally become your responsibility to make. The consequences become yours to own. Many like to call this time “graduation” or the “senior year.” A young person, newly minted ‘adult,’ steps into a world to make a way for themselves. Whether to college, a job or trade school-it’s a new way.

John is a senior at West Jessamine. He was so fun to work with. Up for any adventure or kind of shot I wanted to try. And what photographer wouldn’t be dazzled by those big blue eyes. Great eyes= great photos. Thanks for a great shoot John. I can’t wait to do your second one!

Daniel David Weddings: Lexington, KY Portrait Photographer

Fellow wedding vendors-they feel like family to me. When I show up to a wedding and see a florist, dj or caterer that I know, it’s like meeting up with an old friend:) I recently had the opportunity to take some portraits of Daniel David of Daniel David Weddings, formerly 3D Entertainment. Not only is a snazzy DJ, but a genuinely nice guy. His wedding DJ/ entertainment service is changing its look. I first worked with Daniel about a year ago at a wedding. It was a blast! The wedding guests were dancing well into the night. I don’t think there was a moment when a group of people were swaying on the dance floor.

Thomas: Portrait; Cincinnati, OH Photographer

Thomas Deloach: A man that wanted some fresh photographs to represent a “new” image. Nothing like a professionally shot photograph can translate your portrait so sleek, so becoming. He hired me to create a more professional look. Thomas is not just any young professional-he’s also a friend I met while attending church in Cincinnati. We had a great time shooting around his apartment and then went to Hyde Park in Cincinnati. Such a quaint place. He called a friend to come meet us at the end of the session. We all hung out and I couldn’t help but capture all three of us.  I now have a new friend-Redd.

It’s always good to have fun on a photo shoot. Taking images should be a fun experience for all involved!

We ended the shoot with a photo of friends. A new friend, Redd, and myself and Thomas.

Kentucky Brides; Lexington, Kentucky Wedding Photography

Kentucky girls make the most beautiful brides!

Modeling Angel Wings for KivaPix

I had the greatest of opportunities to model angel wings for a photo shoot. This wasn’t just for any photographer. It was for the photographer who has taught me so much about everything “photography.” Bill Morgan of KivaPix sent me a photo of himself wearing a giant pair of angel wings he’d purchased saying he needed the perfect model for them. My first thought: I have the perfect hair for the job! So above is a photograph of myself wearing the feathery beauties:)

We spent about 4 hours shooting on Harry and Eileen’s former koi farm and surrounding areas on a Saturday morning in Lancaster, OH. Bill had a TON of ideas. From a swing, to climbing a tree, getting in a pond, standing on a straw round bale, playing at a church…they are all there!

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Angel Photo Shoot