Week Five | #52WEEKPROJECT

 

not gone to plan…

This project has been kicking my ass! Paired with school and work this is a huge undertaking, but I knew that going into it so I have to press on. This shoot is a testament to things not going to plan. I was planning on taking the paisley cloth you see in some of them and have it hanging on a clothesline, but the wind was too strong and it just became a huge mess. I improvised and decided to drape it over a hedge in the courtyard of my apartment and that was the set instead. Just because things don’t go to plan, just remember that you can usually always find an alternative!

in frame: @vanessaguvele

Week Three | #52WEEKPROJECT

 

Something is Missing

This week has been crazy and I tried to do this shoot four times. This was my favorite of them all, and I don’t have much to say about them.

I wanted to try some body landscape photography and thought it would be awesome to take out features to make the body seem more mannequin like. Taking out specific parts of the body created a blank canvas, and left the portrait open to be more than just a human body. Think about how you see your body and try to find the beauty in it. This will help your body confidence and can possibly make you feel more in control of yourself.

in frame: Anonymous

Week Two | #52WEEKPROJECT

 

Going Back to My Roots

This shoot lined up with the end of my first week back in school and I am so happy that it doesn’t reflect how tired I was. I wanted to go back to my roots. This is a clean and minimal shoot that helped me relax and think about technique. I chose one of my best friends Vanessa Guvele to be my model and I love how her skin contrasted with the stark white and grays of the background. I styled her in simple fits, a turtleneck from Calvin Klein and a pair of my own blue-striped pants from Urban Outfitters.

With the simple location and outfit, I wanted to be dramatic with the eye makeup. I added a sharp, eye-catching yellow wing and topped her already flawless skin with a bright iridescent pink/purple highlighter that caught the natural light beautifully. I kept the editing of this set to a minimal, focusing on the awesome tones.

Even with the stress of life, it’s nice to know that going back to what I know can make the de-stressing process so much smoother.

See ya in Week 3!

Week One | #52WEEKPROJECT

 

Little Bit of Beauty

For the first week of the #52WEEKPROJECT I focused on beauty photography! It was pretty simple and to the point but I learned so good tips about the ins and outs of beauty photography that I’d like to let you know about. I was inspired by extremely successful powerhouse beauty photographer Julie Kuzmeko.

  1. Not all lighting is created equal. I shot some tests and tried to determine the best lighting setup to get the best results. As always if you don’t have this equipment then find something that works for you! My setup ended up being one Neewer 300W Strobe with a Silver Umbrella. I found that the skin didn’t look as clear and glossy with a soft box or white diffusion umbrella. 

  2. Lens choices are also important. I used my Canon 24-70mm 2.8. In an ideal world I would have used a Canon 100mm Macro to be able to focus on closer details. The 24-70mm had some problems focusing even when using manual focus. 

  3. Editing is a must, but don’t go crazy. I love editing and retouching, I think that it can take your images from awesome to amazing. While it can be a great tool, it can also fuck up your photos. When editing beauty, know your skills and don’t try to go too crazy. One great choice is learning about selective dodging and burning, and frequency separation. Stray away from removing beauty marks and facial features that have a permanent place. I only take out unsightly blemishes and things that are temporary (i.e. pimples, blackheads, hairs). No one is perfect so texture can be a good thing. 

#52WEEKPROJECT

Fifty-two Weeks.

Fifty-two photoshoots.

This is gonna be insane.

The end of 2018 was sort of lackluster, and I think that I need something exciting. In the middle of December, I decided that I was going to take on the huge task of a 52 week photography project. I’ve seen many projects like this focusing on fitness or dieting, but I have only seen a few focusing on the arts. I’m hugely Inspired by Kayleigh June & TribeTyler who also took on this task in 2018, focusing on photography.

There are so many challenges like this if you search Photography Challenges on Pinterest, but I’m not interested I doing my project following those guidelines. I plan on producing 52 shoots in the year for myself, focusing on fashion and conceptual portraits. While I would like the shoots to happen weekly, I think that since I am a student it would be unrealistic go the complete year without missing a week. I will be aiming to complete the full amount of shoots, instead of stressing if I miss one week. I’m doing this project as a way to grow as a artist, learn new skills, expand my portfolio, and have fun. Not as a thing to stress out about.

The #52WeekProject Guideline:

Create fifty-two fully conceived and styled photoshoots in the year of 2019: focusing on different genres of photography, but mainly fashion, beauty, and conceptual portraits.

I plan on making videos for each photoshoot and posting them to my YouTube channel as a way to stay accountable and document my progress. I will also be posting updates here on my blog.

I’m super excited to do this, but know it will be a huge undertaking. If anyone wants to be apart of this project as a model, assistant, make-up artist, etc…. Please Contact me!

I hope that you’ll join me on this creative journey!