Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Last Photoshoot in LA

Somewhere between manuscript works writing, and preparing to relocate a new city, I managed to squeeze in a photoshoot with the vivacious Laura Siskoff in Pasadena.  I met Laura at a restaurant in L.A. and gave her my information.  You know, as I do, because this a completely normal interaction.  Laura is an actress and an incredibly outgoing person so she was game!  Actually, she was the one who had to follow up with me a few times because of my crazy schedule and I'm quite glad she did (I didn't have much of a social life, let alone hobbies towards the end of my graduate program).

We went around Pasadena, stopping by Old Town, abandoned buildings, alleys, and Pasadena City Hall.  It was a really fun afternoon and one of the best shoots I've had the chance to do!  Here are the results of the shoot.  For this shoot, I was aiming for more a fashion photography vibe and moving away from lifestyle.  IMO, I've got a long ways to go still, but every photoshoot is an opportunity for improvement, right?  After taking a bit of break from photography, I look back on images and see my tendency to overexpose in processing because I always aim for bright, airy images.  It's something I'm working to correct with current editing.

Something we definitely went for was getting a variety of looks, angles, and vibes.  Laura brought along a few outfits as well as makeup changes.  As with most of my shoots, we went with the flow and just found the settings and poses organically.  Let me know what you think?  I'm very open to criticism for improvement as well so you won't hurt my feelings if you express them!


  1. Oooh, I can only imagine how busy you were! But how lovely to fit in this shoot. And heck yes, practice makes perfect! The pictures look stunning, I especially prefer the ones where Laura looks directly into the camera... I feel like that makes the picture more powerful? I always like seeing your pictures!

  2. This is a fun shoot! I liked the location you picked as well.

  3. These are gorgeous photos. You two clearly work really well together, and I honestly don't have any criticism. Editing, lighting, literally everything - all so good!

  4. You were hustling with getting your last photoshoot in and everything before moving out of LA. You pick the best places ever for photoshoots! Pretty cool that you incorporated a lot of neat angles :)!

    Nancy ♥

  5. Your friend is gorgeous, Alyse and definitely rocked this photoshoot really well! And you'll have many more photoshoots in LA when you come back (PS I think Seattle would be cooler for photoshoots hehehe)

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