Last year, I found a really cheap and easy method to paint black and white prints (darkroom or digital). Every time I post photos I’ve painted I get asked about it, so I made a dumb and fun video explaining the process. Have fun!
Earlier this summer, one of my favorite sites (and snap stories, TBH), Refinery29, asked me to shoot an editorial focusing on "extreme boots for fall" + Wizard of Oz. I clearly said YES (!!!!!) and ran with it. I'm so so happy with what we created (you can see the full set of images here) and wanted to share a little bit of behind the scenes info, because a looooot of work went into this one.
PREPRO! SET DESIGN! TERRIBLE RENDERINGS!
So the first phase of this shoot (and the majority of shoots I do) was sketching out sets/image ideas and getting them approved by R29. My renderings are...not good...but I think they get the idea across (one of my big goals for the next year is to really tighten up my sketches so please don't give me flack THANKS!).
I conceptualized and built three sets for this shoot, with the help of my mom, who has a really good brain for set building and the logistics of it all (queen!!). I'm going to leave you with that and just go straight into BTS set building images! A couple notes: power tools were fun, the gallons of glitter were not.
I also clearly needed to test all of this with the lighting I was planning to use for the shoot so that I wouldn't run into any surprises the day of, so I set it up once or twice for that reason. I took a timelapse of my mom and I assembling it all one last time to double check the light and make sure it would all stay up by itself (everything but the flowers are in the vid!).
DOING THE ACTUAL SHOOT
Annnnd then I actually did the shoot. I had a really great team for this one. My mom and younger brother came to help load in and troubleshoot set issues when we needed to, and Valheria Rocha, my photographer pal, photo assisted (and took these BTS photos!) and was a total life saver on multiple occasions.
We also had a really great team from R29 and beyond-- Toby Kaufmann photo directed, Emily Holland styled, Ebonee Tabb did hair, Zoe Simone did makeup, and Aiyana Lewis modeled, and THEY WERE ALL SO GREAT. I'm always so blown away when everything comes together for a shoot and this was no exception.
And then the last set turned into a photobooth.
It's never not fun for me to see photos of myself alongside a great team working on things like this-- I don't think I need to explain why. Just makes me super happy and grateful to be doing what I'm doing (read: ushering as much magic and pretty stuff into the world as possible. EEEEEH!)
Hopefully this gives a little bit of insight into how a shoot like this happens and how much work goes in on the photo end. Peek at the actual editorial and the accompanying story on R29 now!!!!
HEY O! I haven't posted on this here blog since January! Holy cow! But it is for good reason-- I launched Sonic Blume, my zine baby, in April, and am still shooting lots for Rookie (which I still love so much!).
A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to shoot Shaky Knees- a 3 day long festival here in Atlanta- for Rookie, and I came across SO much awesome new music, including one of my new favorite bands, LANY.
As I said in my piece for Rookie, I checked their set out solely on the basis of my pal (and LANY's best hype woman, imo) Lauren's recommendation, and they totally lived up to the hype! Their set corresponded perfectly with a gorgeous sunset, and the mix of their atmospheric, synth-y, electro-pop made for the coolest vibe. I shot so many photos during their set (and wasn't able to include more than a couple in the final piece!), so I wanted to share the rest of 'em here.
Enjooooyyyy + check out LANY on Spotify!
This year has absolutely RULED. I started my senior year of high school, started contributing to my favorite online publication, visited NYC twice, was accepted into my dream college (SCAD!), and met a TON of new pals. I've taken a load of photos this year, so here's a much needed (for my brain's organizational purposes, if nothing else) look back at my favorite shots of the year.
If you've looked at my pictures this year, liked a picture, or even left a nice comment, THANK YOU. LIKE, A BUNCH. It is majorly appreciated. I've got a few things in store for 2016, so hang around if you'd like. I'd love to have ya along for the ride <3