It’s been a long time since I’ve photographed in the studio. In college I spent countless hours and many late nights in the photography studio, jamming out to Pandora and playing with fancy studio lighting equipment that I rented from the art department. I studied fashion photography, tearing out inspiration from magazines and trying to emulate the lighting in those photos. Photographing students, friends, dancers, collections from the textile design students – practicing, trying, failing, creating. I loved it. The studio felt like a second home to me in those days and a place where I felt I could take risks. While my friends were falling asleep in lecture halls filled with 500+ students, I was having the time of my life over at the art department.
After college, I found a full time photography job (almost unheard of these days) as a product photographer in Chicago. I got to work in studio and photograph some amazing products…Birkins, Manolo’s, you name it. It seemed like a dream! But the pressures of photographing 70+ products every day from the same 5 angles on white seamless paper weighed heavy on me. The excitement of photographing in studio seemed lost and what was once where I went to be creative… now felt draining and worst of all automated. Although it wasn’t the studio’s fault (it’s not you, it’s me!) and was much more about the work rather than shooting in studio, we needed a little break from each other 🙂 Much like a relationship that loses its luster over time, we just didn’t have the same excitement about one another as we did in the beginning. Around that time, I was asked to photograph a wedding and well… the love affair with wedding photography began!
However, over the last year or so I’ve heard my name being called back into the studio. I’d been itching to explore the idea of a studio bridal portrait and create images of a bride vastly different from those created on the wedding day. A bridal session that would allow her to put on her dress one more time, have her hair and makeup done, and get beautiful images that bordered the line between editorial work and classic portraiture. I wanted to shoot without the pressures of a timeline or limits in regards to creativity. As nerve wracking as the idea was, I’d missed it.
This shoot was just the first step towards a larger goal I’m working on (can’t wait to share more on that soon!) and I can’t tell you how AMAZING it felt to be back shooting in the studio. Working with the dream team – Allie of Rogue Threads (whom I could photograph all day) and Joanna of Joanna B Artistry who nailed it with makeup & hair – was such a pleasure. I just can’t wait to share more of this work with you!
P.S. Interested in having editorial bridal portraits done in studio, at no cost? I’m looking to select a few brides to model for a upcoming shoot. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org XO
A gorgeous model wearing Samantha Sleeper gowns, running through the streets of NYC during bridal fashion week. See favorites from our collaboration, currently featured on New York Magazine’s The Cut.
A dapper groom and beautiful bride in Monique Lhuillier. A chic post wedding session in studio.
Every engagement session should involve drinks at a rooftop bar. A gorgeous date night inspired engagement session photographed at drumBAR in the Gold Coast.