When Jordan's parents placed her in dance at age three, they had no idea they were putting her on a career path.
At age 14, Jordan knew that she wanted to pursue ballet for a living. She now practices 30-40 hours per week, and completed high school online. Jordan was offered academic scholarships at TCU, OU, and Pepperdine, but is choosing to pursue her dream to dance professionally with a ballet company. Before leaving for college, we had the opportunity to help her create some incredible portraits in our Dallas photography studio.
Meeting her and her family and spending time with them during the shoot was such a joy. We even found a few beautiful, vintage dresses from my Resale Diva Finds to incorporate into her shoot.
Here are just a few of the images from her session, I hope you enjoy.
I wanted to finish up with some really soft and delicate portraits. We wrapped her hair with a piece of tulle fabric, and I even put a small piece of tulle in front of my camera lens to gently soften everything.
Seriously, such a fun session. I love how you can see her grace flowing all the way through her fingertips. Jordan plans on spending her second summer with Ballet West in Utah, as well as Oklahoma City Ballet, both on full scholarships. To dedicate the required hours of practice, she is completing her college classes online.
Jordan is such a great example of how if you pour your heart and soul into something, you can really make any of your wildest dreams come true.
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As a Portrait Photographer, I've dreamed of owning an Oliphant backdrop for years. I would look at images created by Annie Leibovits, Sue Bryce, and other masters in the photography industry, and admire the character that these backdrops added to their images.
What is an "Oliphant backdrop" and why are they so special? Every one of these canvas backdrops is hand-painted by request, giving each drop a unique life of its own. Compared to a solid background, these works of art contain depth and texture, bringing a beautiful, subtle essence to photographs. "Oliphant" comes from Sarah Oliphant, the woman/artist/genius behind each and every backdrop.
I was fortunate enough to have her paint my first canvas drop about a year ago, which was a warm gray (seen in the two portraits below). I consider it one of the most beautiful things in my studio and I can see me still using it for years and years to come. You might be thinking, "Wouldn't you get tired of using the same backdrop over and over?". By changing the distance between my subject, light, and the backdrop, I am able to significantly change how dark or light it looks. Also, I actually like that the backdrop's texture and tone can be seen as a common thread throughout a lot of my work. So no, I actually kind of love it the more I shoot on it!
In fact, I love it so much, I contacted Sarah last month to have her create a second one for me, this time with a mix of golds and greens. I happened to be traveling to New York City the same time that my drop was supposed to be finished, so she invited me down to her studio to say hello and check it out in person.
I asked to get a photo with Sarah, and she suggested we sprawl out on my new backdrop- what a fun way to break it in!
She still had the colors and everything out for my drop, I love the greens and golds. When I'm shooting on it, I will be able to pull cool or warm tones into the image, making it really versatile.
I felt like her student as she was walking me through her workflow and techniques- a lot more goes into one of these backdrops than you'd probably imagine!
Visiting the studio and meeting Sarah was one of the highlights of my year. I just hung my new backdrop in the studio and I can't wait to shoot on it. Keep an eye on my Instagram and galleries and you'll start seeing this beautiful green/gold backdrop debut in my images!
Ok, Reagan isn't a mermaid, but you would have thought she was if you happened to see her taking her Senior Portraits in Dallas at White Rock Lake! She put on a beautiful green dress and hopped right in at the end of her session.
Spending the evening with Reagan was a treat, as we got so many amazing images and had a lot of fun doing it.
The above photo was actually taken in the back AC unit room of the studio, I just love the lighting, her pose, the dress, everything! I love the (below) dancing shots and timeless glam photos we took, equally as much!
If you are a high school senior in Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Mesquite, McKinney, Allen, Highland Park, Arlington, Fort Worth, or surrounding DFW areas, I would love to invite you down to my studio to see what we're all about. Click on the button below to get your questions answered and get the Senior Portraits you've always dreamed of.
Killian is a male model, who, after spending a lot of time in Dallas, decided to make the transition back to the east coast. Before saying farewell to Dallas, he asked me to get him so photos to update his modeling portfolio. I thought I would give you some insight into the way I view and use light during a studio portrait session like this.
For the above image, I wanted soft light pouring down on him from above, creating a lot of mood and contrast. I absolutely love this look, it's probably my favorite from his shoot.
For the next two images, we wanted something a little bit more high-fashion. Since teal and magenta are opposite colors, I decided it would be a neat alternative way to create some interest and contrast.
For the next photo, by using a background close to the same tone as his shirt, we created a warm, cohesive look. The soft, window-like light was created by one of my favorite new lighting modifiers, an Elinchrom 7' Octabank (it's ginormous).
This last photo was taken by using a very small reflector on my light, which makes the shadows crisp and punchy. This lighting setup mimics sunlight.
There is a lot more to creating a great portrait than just lighting, but it's fun to be able to alter the mood and tone of the entire image by controlling the light and shadows.
Whether you are a model or just want to celebrate yourself with awesome portraits, I would love to hear more about how you dream of being photographed.
This country-inspired photoshoot for Morgan was so much fun, and it brought me back to the days when I would visit my grandparents on their dairy farm in Missouri.
Morgan has grown up on a Texas farm and has been involved in her school's FFA program for several years. Above, you'll see Morgan with her most recent FFA project, Sasha!
You probably noticed the beautiful, vintage couch, which totally sets the mood. This was compliments of Coral Lane, a local vintage furniture boutique. The two owners were actually previous teachers of Morgan's, they rock!
We wanted to finish her shoot with more of a free-spirited vibe, so we let her hair down and changed into this tulle dress that I actually created! This was my first attempt at sewing together a piece for a photo shoot and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!
I would love to talk with you about how you dream of being photographed!
Chantel's mother contacted me because she needed some photos for her daughter's modeling portfolio. I can't say enough good things about this girl. She was sweet, very intelligent, and an absolute blast to photograph. I hope you enjoy a few of the favorites from her photo shoot.
BEST of luck to you, Chantel, on your upcoming Disney auditions! You will be great!
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Whether it's because of work, school, kids, or all of the above, most of the women I know are busy. Busy is good, but not when you start to lose touch with, and forget about yourself. How long has it been since you've had a portrait made of yourself that you love?
Why #existinphotos ? I want you to exist in photos for your children, for yourself, for the people that love you. One day your children will look for photographs of you, what will they have? I don't care how big your curves are or how "old" you think you are, I want to take the most beautiful portraits you've ever seen of yourself so that you can cherish them forever. I want to empower and inspire you, and show you the inner goddess that you may have slowly forgotten about, or perhaps have never seen.
Madi started her Senior Portraits session in downtown Dallas, near Klyde Warren Park. I love the visual interest and balance that reflections can give us like in this first image. This is lit with natural light and a large Scrim Jim silver reflector, against a glass building.
Madi wanted a mix of natural and glam, two of my favorite looks for Senior Portraits. The ethereal photo above was taken at White Rock Lake in Dallas, you can't help but love the dreamy glow from the Texas sunset reflecting off of the lake.
Ellie Mae is a big part of Madi's life, so we invited her to join us for a few photos! I love dogs (I have two), and I was glad that she was able to be a part of Madi's session.
Once the sun set, we pulled out our Profoto B1s and Elinchrom 39" Rotolux to get a little more drama and mood.
We would love to talk with you about your Senior Portraits. We only get to shoot them once, so go all out and get the Senior Portraits you've always dreamed of!
For those of you who aren't from Dallas, Texas, it's literally been spring for about 2 weeks now. All of the spring bulbs are in full bloom and the trees are green! I know the groundhog didn't see his shadow and all, but I feel like it's still a little early! (I'm not complaining)
For this awesome Dallas photo shoot with Julianne, we teamed up with a local Dallas clothing boutique to create several really neat looks.
I've been embracing natural light more lately. I used to almost have a sense of pride that I would regularly use off-camera flash, but as I have learned to understand and manipulate natural light, it's totally opened my eyes to how I capture light on my subjects.
Maddie and Shannon are two of the most incredible people I know. I've known these two for awhile now and I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me to be their wedding photographer!
The wedding took place at a picturesque ranch located near Dallas, Texas. Maddie just received an early wedding present the day before her big day, meet Dexter.
This is one of my favorite shots, ever! Dexter decided to take his turn down the aisle in the middle of their ceremony. He's even got his own little bowtie.
Just about the time they thought their wedding couldn't get anymore perfect, a HELICOPTER swooped down from above and landed right in the field as their exit vehicle (a surprise wedding gift!)
This was an epic ending to a fairytale kind of day, I was so happy for these two! I got married about a month before this, so the excitement of my own wedding still lingered, and was rekindled watching these two celebrate their love. That's one of the things I love about being a wedding photographer, is I feel like I am somewhat helping my couples celebrate their love over and over again, long after the wedding.
If you are getting married and you're looking for a wedding photographer in Dallas, I would absolutely love to treat you to coffee and chat. If you live outside of DFW and would like me as your wedding photographer, I travel all over, and would love to talk with you about your special day.