Reflections of West Midtown - A Film Rendition

I’ve recently started to shoot more and more film with my shoots. I’ve been sneaking in a few rolls at each shoot, trying to perfect my approach to a film portrait. As I grew a little more confident, I reached out to Jessica Manning, a local actress and model, about taking part in a 100% film shoot. Much to my surprise, she agreed!

Taylor the Natural

A large percentage of the models I work with have little to no experience behind the camera.  This use to concern me, but as my posing game has matured, it’s less of a concern.  A strong pose can make or break a shoot.  I have devised a posing system, based on triangles, that helps me through every shoot.  I’ll be teaching this system in an upcoming workshop.  As important as posing is it’s not the only key to a successful shoot.  

Chelt-sey and a Bottle of Icelandic Vodka

Making the switch from weddings to Portfolio, Portrait, and Lifestyle (PPL) has rejuvenated my love for photography. Working with models and everyday people, without all the wedding day drama, is the bees f**king knees! Seriously. I get to control every aspect of the shoot. I can plan out the entire session, build a mood board, a shot list, and plan it around the time of day that has the light I want to utilize in my shoot. It’s pretty freaking awesome, to be honest.