Emily Fennell. This cutie has been a fan of my photography since before it was worth a dang. It’s no wonder I love photographing Emily because of her devish grin and angelic eyes, her constant tan and fun personality. From her wedding to fun poolside shots, we have some great times in our friendship’s history to say the least. It was an honor to take a little time before my vacation officially began to have her in the studio for some maternity photos. Her first baby, Maiya is on her way soon, which really put my fat to the fryer when I got back to make sure these photos were up before she joined us here in the world.
The Salon at the Domain is a new boutique salon located in the Domain’s “Phase II.” As the Domain expands, so does the diversity of the shops and restaurants. On the southern side of the complex, the salon is a beautifully designed space where post-mod high-key meets fresh updates on traditional patterns and textures. However, what you will notice when you visit this salon is not the decor and design, but the gorgeous ladies and their beaming smiles who will take your hairstyle, color, and make-up to another echelon. Having so much budding talent in this large, open space makes for a photographer’s playhouse. Competing in the Wella New Trends style contest, these ladies pulled out all the stops for a style and onsite photo-shoot.
Starting with a seamless backdrop in the salon, we shot our high-key portraits. Then we moved to the showroom of World Interiors for our one of a kind setting for us to stylize the set to keep up with the amazing looks created by the salon. Enjoy the gallery and check out the movie!
I know we have some strong images with amazing style and color in this collection, so at least one of the stylists will be heading to New York Fashion Week. Stay tuned for updates about the contest and the awesome stylists at the Salon at the Domain.
I was going to wait a little while longer to let the first blog featuring Lyz of Austin and Cypress Vanguard Design House and amenities fade a bit into the obscure, but these images are burning a hole in the hard drive. I was so pleased to have the assistance and talent along for the proverbial ride that we created an additional set featuring a piece from Megan’s collection at her boutique. The boutique is undergoing quite the transformation! All clues point to vast improvements in the energy, the look and definitely the people! While the new designers are settling in, Megan continues to feature one of a kind lingerie of the highest quality. And you know me: SUCKA for da PURTY PANTIES. We were able to shoot (beyond the life of my Vangabond Mini!) in the the courtyard in such efficiency that I stood there sort of shocked that
1. Nothing broke.
2. We actually got every idea/image I planned on.
3. It was still day-light and we had energy left!
Lyz is such a trooper. Starting just after lunch, we had the amazing Anna Alvarez from the Salon at the Domain start with hair styling. The first obstacle for Anna was the model’s admission of having “un-curlable” hair. Being true to the challenge, Anna proceeded with her vision based on my styling guide for the set. Knowing that we had a great set with a fantastic vintage dress courtesy of Jenny Demarco and a versatile location courtesy of Megan Summerville, Anna created a jaw dropping updo with curls upon curls, a swept style of her short bangs, and tea-cup rose buds to accentuate subtle color. Now, I really want to stress just how awesome Anna’s work is. Lyz has this beautifully flowing, straight, thin (but full!) head of hair. Undeterred, Anna not only made an elegant style, she made it versatile for a quick change to having flowing curls worn down on the shoulders. With the removal of a few critical hair pins and a shake out, we had the beautifully tussled but classy style for the second half of the bridal as well as a PERFECT look to incorporate in the impromptu boudoir. I can’t forget to thank the awesome help I had with set-design by Bethany Weigl, aka “Quality Control,” and the quadruply talented Benson Roberts for amazing (and super fast) make up. Benson is one of the designer gurus who features work at the Cypress Vanguard Design House. Enjoy the gallery and then go see the talented folks at 606 E. 3rd Street this week for a break from the Republic of Texas Rally.
What a blessing to have such an amazing team come together for a shoot so simple in design as this staged bridal portraiture to create such elegance in imaging. Lyz was a true talent. Notice here I am not calling her a model. I have worked with more than enough models to grant me right to some typical generalizations now. She listened to direction, created the movement and energy I asked for, and then ran with it like no one’s business. As my lighting schemes developed through the shoot, she fed from my direction to make the energy really come alive. With a new hair color and great form, we went to the Salon at the Domain (Domain Phase II by Dillard’s) to visit my magician hair stylist, Anna Alvarez. Ready for something fresh and functional for her portfolio and website, Anna started by curling “Un-curlable” hair into beautiful ringlets. From there, we played with the idea of recreating a simple side pinned curled pony-tail. But then as Anna worked, she began creating, tucking, teasing her way into a beautiful, functional bridal updo. What’s amazing about this great style, besides looking exactly the way we needed it to for photographing a vintage dress (courtesy Jenny Demarco of Jenny Demarco Photography) and 1920′s house/courtyard location at Cypress Vanguard Design House. Upon arriving at the location, designer superstar Benson Roberts makes quick work with his airbrush and make up, making the most subtle hues pop, lighting up Lyz’s perfect skinw ith gold shimmer and soft greens to match the teacup roses set designer Bethany Weigl had added to Anna’s style. I was told cucumber DNA was responsible for these great roses’ color (Austin Flower Co. on W. 38th, go see them).
Once Benson was finished, Bethany grabbed a reflector and fired my strobes, stepped into the specks of sun rays filtering through the palms of the back patio to shoot. With Benson’s make up flawlessly enhancing Lyz’s amazing look, we were able to fire a collection of images in four sets (yes, there are only 3 vignettes here: impromptu boudoir coming soon. No pun.) The best of the work, as always, stopped feeling like work. It’s unbelievable how all these All Star talents came together to create a fun, energized shoot. And remember all you would photogs: if it’s not fun, you’re doing it all wrong.
Big thanks to Megan Summerville for pushing the “Form like Voltron” button, providing an awesome location, and making it come together (oh, and I used one of your amazing lingerie pieces
I know that the “text” posts are more a soundboard for myself than any way of generating traffic (face it, we blog to create traffic, nothing more) but I also hope to cover a lot of ground that needs to filled in.
Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive and patient while I split my business in half and start with the second tricky venture of taking over All American Photo. Things within that original venture have quickly changed and we are now changing to All Star Photo in March and continuing the youth sports photography services. Nothing changes other than the name and the amount I owe for newer, better equipment for my staff.
All Star Photo will have a new website, a new feel and (thanks the Gods) a new workflow that outsources the bulk of the data entry to the great guys at IP Imaging. They have been an amazing team member since the transition began and have promised their continued support of our venture.
Many of you noticed that I have been out of town three to four days a week the past month, and that’s because I am getting outside the box and soliciting areas outside the Austin Metro area. We have been well received and are creating great new business relationships with the leagues we meet.
Also, I am not neglecting JWG Photography! We are laying the ground work for a facelift for the company, including a modernization of the logo, the website, and bring in a new photography style I have been developing over the fall. Before we unveil, I will be revisiting older images with a fresh look at retouching, presentation, and some previously unreleased collections. I will be shooting some portfolio work to add to my client portfolios to show this spring. While I am chasing fewer weddings and aimed at more intimate photography for my clients, I still have a few weddings on the books and will accept four more large events this spring and five more this summer, so book with me quickly!
The Daily Luchador is still a fun side project, an outlet to keep me remembering that this is all for fun, all for art, all for my sanity. Thanks to Laurie and Karen, Andrew and Bryce and everyone else who has participated in the fun!
The Dias de los Muertos show at Paradise in October is still on the books. More photography needs to be done on that project, as well. Hopefully I will be able to coax Tavia Williams out of retirement for a few more sessions. I am accepting limited TFP work with models to participate in this project. If you or anyone you know (who isn’t flaky) is interested, send them my way.
On deck, another Mash-Up with Shawn Collie and Kristine Dupuis for an ArtErotica entry to support a local charity. We have one session under our belts and look forward to an additional shoot tomorrow to catch us up on “sexy” ideas.
Holler at your boy when you can. Today the phone is dead, but a replacement is on the way, so text me (please god don’t leave a voicemail). Email and text me your questions and to book your Valentine’s day special listed in the flier below!