Lately I’ve wanted to make time for more artificial lighting on location to create a fashion edge, so I grabbed my sister Kathryn and my friend Catie for some just-for-fun experimenting. We found an awesome, tall, wheat field in Yukon, OK and spent the sunset trying different setups for a variety of effects. It was an overcast day, which gave us some cool clouds, and with just a couple speedlights, we were able to bring them out while keeping the front fill soft and dreamy. There’s a natural light shot thrown in as well.
On our way back from a wedding, Catie and I stumbled across a really neat abandoned property. We couldn’t resist checking it out! There were still all kinds of furnishings just left inside a few dilapidated buildings, now covered in vines and tall grass. Nature had completely taken over. It was really interesting! The photo of me was taken by Catie.
Dallas is an easy weekend getaway destination for us here in Oklahoma City. I make frequent trips there, whether for a concert, a visit to IKEA, or just for fun! My best friend Cassie and I drove down recently and attended a red dirt music festival.
While in Tulsa for Melissa’s bridal shoot, I got a chance to hang out with my good friends Cassie and Alyce! Of course, since I had all my gear, we did a just for fun shoot around downtown Tulsa. Melissa and Caleb even stopped by at the end for a few pics. I love getting a chance to explore new locations for pictures, and Tulsa has some good ones! Here are some faves from the day (Cassie took the ones of me):
Finally getting my third and last WPPI post up! On our last day in Vegas we visited an area called El Dorado Canyon in Nelson, NV.
On the way to our intended location, we decided to pull off the road and get some fashion-style shots in the pure desert scene. Although the Vegas landscape doesn’t vary much, it was a refreshing difference from Oklahoma, and we had so much fun shooting in the dry sand, with a backdrop of mountains.
It was still pretty early in the day, so we did what we could with the lighting! It wasn’t ideal, but the “harsh desert sun” look really added to the concept in a way.
Who doesn’t love a good proportion illusion?
The next set of pictures are actually in El Dorado Canyon. Their property is littered with cool vintage objects, old cars, a few barns, and even a wrecked airplane. This location has been used in parts of big productions such as 3000 Miles to Graceland, and has also been used as a shooting location for big name musicians and fashion photographers.
We found a gutted bus that we could have easily shot in for hours! The entire inside was painted white, creating an amazing, natural reflector. Behind the scenes shot of Catie Bartlett:
I was going through one of my all-time favorite wedding promo shoots, and decided to throw up a few more photos that I did not include in the original album. Bridal shoots are easily one of my favorite parts of the whole wedding photography experience! It’s a chance to show your fancy side and show off that expensive dress more than once. The model was my sister Kathryn, so for those of you who recognize her, don’t mistake this for her personal bridal shoot, haha. Hair and makeup by yours truly.
I’m going to try to get caught up on some shoots that happened during the blog transition. One of the really fun ones I did was a faux bridal shoot with my sister Kathryn. (She’s a great model as you can see!) Believe it or not we found this dress at the thrift store for $10- not bad, eh? I did her hair and makeup as well. I always loved experimenting with up-dos.
We went to a field that is a favorite of mine to shoot in, and were off to a great start. I had grand plans for the shoot but about 30 minutes in of the 110 degree heat and several bug bites later, I decided to call it in. We still got a ton of good shots- now all she needs is a fiance, a wedding to plan, etc. These are some of my favorites, but you can see more in the album on my Facebook Fan Page.
You may recognize this one from the header slideshow above.