Sunday, May 12, 2019

Aiko


For a famous city, Seattle is actually a pretty small world, especially within the network of creatives and photographers.  I met Aiko late last year at a photography gig and immediately recognized her from Olivia's photography work.  We've been in touch ever since (she's a lovely person!) and finally got around to shooting this March.  We'd been talking about working together for ages and finally got to do it in Pioneer Square!  I plan to work with here again -- she's fun, easygoing, and very creative. 


The first location we stopped in was Cherry Street Public House which had the most beautiful lighting and aesthetic.  We grabbed some apple cider (Aiko is holding it!) and delicious pastries before getting to work.  Pro Tip: if you ask establishments nicely, they're more than happy to let you shoot in their space!  It never hurts to be courteous and kind.  While we were there, I managed to get a photograph of her from behind the glass window.  This is a photo I've always wanted to try.  Afterwards, Aiko did an outfit change and we walked around the streets of Pioneer Square to find new locations.


All in all, I'd say this was a successful and fun photoshoot.  I sent the photos off to Aiko yesterday so that's another collaboration in the books.  Something I tried to do this time around was change the way I edit.  I focused on enhancing the darks and shadows, and to shied away from overexposing to make images brighter.

Let me know what you think in the comments! :)  

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Ink


I recently met Taylor, a fellow photographer in Seattle. We both do photography for fun.  In general, my time has been largely committed to work, exercise, and decompression.  Honestly, if you don't work at my job, the gym, or my favorite coffee shop, then you haven't seen much of me at all.  I haven't made concrete plans for quite a while, but since this fellow artist was in the neighborhood, we had an impromptu trade shoot (time for prints, you know the drill).  Here are some of my favorite photographs from the day!  


I'll post some of my favorite shots he took of me soon, too, though you know I'd much rather share images of others than of myself.  Let me know what you think of these?

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Jupiter's Moon


When I finished graduate school last year and decided to continue pursuing science full-time, some people were confused.  "I thought you wanted to do photography."  "Weren't you going to be a photographer?"  A woman can do both.  Whilst I was doing small gigs in Pasadena, I haven't heavily pursued photography out in Seattle.  I think I work best when I am doing photography as a hobby.  That's not to say that I don't enjoy all my photoshoots (including for hire), because I do, and each one brings a new challenge for me.  However, the photoshoots I am most excited to edit are the ones whereI can create freely without restrictions in mind.  These are the shoots that light a fire under me, that have me editing for hours immediately afterwards (I zone into the work completely!).  What this tells me is that I'd rather keep my photography as a hobby and not as a job.  I'll do the odd gig here and there, but I don't ever want this to feel like work.  Does anyone else feel like this?

Soliloquy aside . . . let me bring your attention to today's post!  This is one of several photoshoots I've done with Jupiter's moon, AKA Io.  I've worked with her before and she is genuinely one of my favorite models with whom to collaborate.  We typically pick a location and just go with the flow.  I never really "finish" editing all the frames from a day either because there are SO. MANY. useable shots.  Here are a few of my favorite edits from the last shoot!  If you're curious, the locations in Seattle we used were random streets in Capitol Hill and Volunteer Park.  Maybe a front stoop here and there . . .


Moving forward, I think I want to keep doing more of these portrait/fashion/lifestyle (?) kind of shoots.  It's tough for me to label; I like to think that I focus more on capturing the person than trying to sell "fashion" or "lifestyle" moments.  Things I want to work on in the future: incorporating more body length shots into my frames, changing up my style of editing, and seeking out different models.  I think I've gotten very comfortable in my editing process and need to change things up.  Life begins outside of your comfort zone, right?  Right!