There are two things all photographers love/hate: photographing mirrors and reflections.
I had a styled shoot planned of March 18 out on a baseball field. Of course, the weather didn’t cooperate. So instead my amazing makeup artist, Laura Wentworth of Elle W Hair brought two lovely models and some amazing dresses to my studio. We played around with some prisms, mirrors, and lighting techniques I’ve been thinking about trying for some time. As a professional photographer, it can be difficult to get clients that are willing to take chances. That where personal projects like this one come in. It’s important to create art that challenges your normal style so you can grow as an artist.
To be honest I thought prisms were goofy and overdone. Then I saw a set of filters that produced effects I hadn’t seen before and I decide to try something new. I love the way these prisms didn’t distort the focal point of the image but added effects to the edges that enhanced the overall look. I also enjoyed playing with reflections in the mirrors from Vintage Ambiance, and shooting through a collection of glass vases from my own supply.
Post processing on this shoot was also a departure. I decided to use filters and techniques I normally avoid. Some images are lighter than my normal style, others are darker and more moody. I messed with the colors as well. Normally I shoot with very clean color and edit that way as well. I like images that are true to life but I knew this shoot would be better if I pushed the boundaries of my normal style.
I want to give a big shout out to MeaMarie Bridal Atelier for the dress and an extra big thanks to Bennett for being such a great model! Thanks again Laura for turning what would have been a wasted day into something special!