Welcome To The “Real World”

Documenting important moments will always be a great privilege for me, but it’s even more special when you are close with the person on the other side of the lens. I had the honor of shooting Adwoa’s graduation photos. We have been friends for several years now and even worked together as bridal consultants.

Shooting her graduation photos really turned my wheels about post graduation. I started thinking about things I would have loved for someone to tell me post grad. It’s such a transition that I feel few people talk about. Recent grads this one is for you. I NEED to tell you something.

You will more than likely NOT have it all together right out of college. There is so much pressure to know exactly what you want to do and to have a 5 year plan to achieve it. If you think about the pressure that entails, it’s quite silly. If you know at the tender age of 20-21 what you want to do with the rest of your life that is awesome. If not, don’t be discouraged. Don’t rush your life, savor this time. Work a crap job just to save up to travel, take up a new hobby to get those creative juices flowing, start a pet rock collection… I don’t care what you do but don’t forget to do something that is fulfilling. You should be working hard to achieve your goals but taking time to simply enjoy life is also just as important. You may even find some of those life goals by taking time to marvel and explore.

So if I could give you one piece of advice that is it. Believe me I could give you more but I decided against ranting. This transition can be stressful but take time to enjoy the journey. Yuck, I hope that doesn’t sound too cheesy.

Adwoa is a good example of this. She will be pounding the pavement working on job hunting, but is first packing her bags and heading to Europe for two weeks. You go girl! Congratulations Adwoa and congratulations to all recent grads!!

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Hitched Bridal Shoot

I still have yet to figure out if I am wearing too many hats. I remember a time in college when I was speaking with a department store buyer telling her how I loved the idea of pretty much any career in the fashion industry. She suggested I really nail down exactly what I want to do instead of being so broad (which I found completely understandable). Forward a few years and I am doing wardrobe styling, hair, makeup, and now photography. Clearly I have yet to take her advice.

I have concluded that for now I really like wearing more than one hat. I feel like it keeps creativity alive and evolving. Am I hurting anyone by doing hair, makeup, wardrobe styling, photography, and dog walking? Ok so maybe I’m not a dog walker but that could be fun too. A few weeks ago I worked with my talented photographer friend Alex, some really great models, and the lovely girls from Hitched Bridal. The hat of choice for this shoot was hair and makeup. I can’t wait to see the finalized images Alex took. I highly suggest you check out Hitched Bridal Salon in Georgetown if you are looking for a beautiful and unique dress. I die for their dresses. Don’t get me started on the two piece sets and there was even an ostrich feather skirt… yes you heard me right. Anyways below are some sneak peak snaps I took on set of the girls hair and makeup.

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This Is What Happens When You Shoot Maternity Close To The Due Date

So here is the scenario. One of my best friends, Vickie, was VERY pregnant and had barely taken any photos to document that time. She eventually asked me to take maternity pictures for her. Mind you she is awkward in front of a camera, doesn’t like her picture taken, and is also not very photogenic (it’s ok people she is beautiful in real life and this isn’t groundbreaking news). This would be my first time shooting anyone and I also proclaimed that I would never shoot maternity because i think it can get weird pretty quickly. Has anyone seen the horendis yet hilarious articles of such maternity pictures?

It is very like Vickie to throw me a curve ball so I was not surprised when we ended up in this scenario. We started with the basics in front of a window and then a studio set up. Then I wanted to make her a hippy pregnant lady so we threw her in a skirt put a shawl on her and a headband, all things she usually wears anyways. Then something magical happened. She opened her arm, backlit from the window lighting, and shadows from the shawl fell onto her belly and that is when the creative juices started flowing. I inaudibly told her to hold that position while we shot with what little sunlight was left. When the sun was gone we rigged her shawl onto a studio light like madwomen thus creative some shadows on herself and the background. She has since had her baby boy, Henry, and everyone is happy and healthy. Great endings all around. Also did I mention her water broke when I was sending her her pictures?

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