Richmond, Virginia Photographer | Michelle

I have gotten very much behind on my blogging in the last several weeks.  I really need to get into a good system for all of this! But as I'm catching up,  I have to say that I'm excited about posting this blog about Michelle.

I have to say Michelle is one of my models that I have successfully grabbed in every major phase from the time that I've started getting into photography.  I should definitely create a collage from our sessions in 2010, 2013, and 2014.  I love doing things like this because it gives me the opportunity to see improvement.  Sometimes you just need that boost of encouragement.  But I also love that Michelle has been willing to help me out whenever the time came to it!

Anyways, I wanted to share a few of my favorites from our session.  I really think I will end up doing that collage soon.  ;)

Sneak Peek: Michelle

Check out a sneak peek of my session with Michelle over the weekend!

Photography Challenge-Self Portrait

I am a little over a week behind from starting the photography challenge.  In case you didn't see the last blog, the list of the images I need to take are on this list and the secondary list is here

To be completely honest,  I procrastinated with starting this challenge because, well, the first day was a self portrait.  For those of you that know me well, you know that I hate being in front of a camera of any sort.  Still or video.  My comfort zone is behind the lens, not in front of it. 

When I decided to do this, I was dreading having to gather my camera and myself and try to artistically formulate a self-portrait.  But I really wanted to get this challenge going, and I didn't want to cheat. So, here's my self-portrait:




One thing that struck to my mind was a selfie vs. a self portrait. I dread the "selfie" trend.  I would say that I don't know why to make everything nice and peaceful, but that would be a lie ;).  Countless times I have seen people post pictures of themselves in probably the most unconventional ways.  Selfies every 15 minutes. Selfies in the hospital bed. Selfies while grocery shopping. Selfies after getting out the shower. 

To my surprise, I actually haven't seen a toilet selfie yet.  Still waiting for that one. 

Regardless of "where" the selfie is taken, they all look the same.  It lacks and element of creativity. It becomes dry, emotionless, and ultimately a promotion of vanity.  The selfie is restrictive.

But the self-portrait, on the other hand, opens to a much wider perspective and more creativity than just simply holding a camera or phone in your hand and smiling.   A self-portrait is expressive.  You don't need to post a quote or a song lyric to explain the image.  You don't need to explain what you're doing.  A self-portrait can open the doors to a wide array of possibilities. it is expressive. It is artistic.  It is limitless.

I believe there are 3 days in this challenge where I have to do a self portrait.  While I'm not the happiest about it, I really feel as though it will help expand my thoughts creatively.  This one was fairly simple, I took it while it was raining so I had to grab a couple of umbrellas so that my hair or camera wouldn't get wet.

I'm excited about continuing this challenge!  I'm going to be a trooper and get out of my comfort zone.  Be on the lookout for Day 2 tomorrow! ;)

Sneak Peek-Caleb

Here is a sneak peek of part 1 of my senior portrait session with my brother! This was a silly picture, but I definitely feel it's sneak peek worthy!  The only additional thing I'll reveal about this session is that I'm going to title it "The Many Faces of Kay"  because that's really what it is!

Until then, enjoy this sneak peek!