You know when you’re chatting with a friend online and you say, “We should do something soon!” but then you think to yourself that meeting will probably never actually happen? I was *thisclose* to thinking this shoot was never going to happen. I met Joshua of Paper Rocket Picture Company over a year before at a client’s wedding. He was a family member of the couple and also their videographer, but he lived way over in Atlanta and I was in little ole south Georgia. We kept in touch via social media, but I never thought the collaboration we dreamed of doing would ever really happen.
But suddenly it did! I moved to Atlanta, only about a 20 minute drive away from Josh. As soon as I was settled we began talking about that collaboration again. We originally set up a coffee date but then Josh mentioned a few dates he’d have some awesome lighting equipement he rented for a paid gig. He wanted to get his money’s worth, so he suggested a full blown shoot instead of that coffee. I was STOKED. I let him take the lead but I found the models and offered my apartment as the makeshift studio. (You might remember it from HERE.)
I needed this shoot. It had been awhile since I’d picked up my camera and I was in a bit of a creative rut. I also love any chance to experiment with artificial light since I feel that’s my weak point.
Here are a few images from that incredibly fun Thursday. I’ll start off with Tara Lynn’s images. I put out a model call via my Facebook page and a mutual friend immediately recommended Tara Lynn. I was blown away by her portfolio and we knew she had to come be in front of our lens! She did an amazing job and didn’t need much direction at all.
These next few sets of images are Josh’s, but edited by me. We only had 1 trigger, so we had to keep switching out who got the lights.
Back to my photos! Tara Lynn requested only 1 particular shot during the shoot. One of her friends had given her a necklace with her name engraved in it and she wanted a shot of it for her Facebook cover photo. I tried two different looks for her and she picked the one on the right. Which one would you have chosen?
While out on the balcony, I snapped a few more pics in the natural light. It was fun being able to get both external light and natural light in one shoot!
When I didn’t have the flash trigger, I tried to get some behind the scenes shots using the natural light from my big sliding glass doors.
Ending with a couple of my favorite shots from Tara Lynn’s session. Next up, Noi!
What are some ways you stay inspired?