I have always wanted to take maternity pictures and I finally got my first chance a few weeks ago! I met Christopher Thomas several years ago online, through my flickr. He was very supportive of my photography back when I was about 16 years old and really didn’t have a clue what I was doing, haha. He’s left me numerous comments over the years and always been a nice online acquaintance that I have enjoyed hearing from. Earlier this year, we became facebook friends, and he sent me a message telling me that his wife, Jennifer, was pregnant with their first child, and that they would love to hire me for a maternity shoot. I was ecstatic.
Christopher and Jennifer met me in Corvallis on a gorgeous morning and we went for a nice long stroll at Bald Hill park, taking photos in the grass, by the barn, and in a field. It was a really peaceful, fun shoot, and it was wonderful to finally meet these people who I had known for years but never actually met. The photos came out extremely well, and I am definitely hoping to do more maternity work in the future!
Sometimes you just can’t help yourself from photographing certain things. Like puppies, for example.
My roommate Michelle’s boyfriend, Stephen, recently got a pitbull puppy named Koda. People usually have really negative associations with this type of dog, but let me tell you- a seven week old pitbull puppy is not scary. It is adorable. Stephen doesn’t plan on ever cutting Koda’s ears either, so he will always look less scary than the rest of his breed.
One evening it was gorgeous and sunny, so I took a few photos of Koda, Michelle and Stephen out in the cul-de-sac outside our house. Just for fun.
I’m in a painting class, and one of our assignments was to do a conceptual self portrait. I’ve always kind of struggled with figuring out who I am, so I decided that instead of creating a single painting, I would create a moving, animated video made up of many paintings. The fact that it was made using stop motion/a camera/final cut pro would already say a lot about who I am, and the content of the animation, well, that is sort of left to your own interpretation.
Trying to do this animated short was really overly ambitious on my part, so it’s very short and not as resolved as I would like. I only really had a week or two on the assignment, and it’s not like I have the time in my schedule to devote to hours and hours of painting.
This was also really challenging because I am somewhat of a perfectionist, and I simply had to force myself to consider that every frame was not important- the gestalt principle was really at play. At some points I needed to time myself to make sure I didn’t spend more than 10 minutes on each individual painting. It really took way too long.
The plus side of this whole project was that my professor, artist Shelley Jordon, had been looking for someone to work with her on her own painting animations, and when she saw some of my work she decided to hire me for next year. I am really looking forward to working with her at the end of the summer, as well as during the rest of next year.
I’ve had this friend, Vishal Khemlani, for the past few years who never ceases to amaze me by giving me unique photographic opportunities. He started off by convincing me to shoot SigStock- this big 3-day Greek philanthropy at OSU, when I was a freshman. My sophomore year, they put on a similar event, this time calling it REVIVE, and I took photos of that too. Later that year (last summer), Vishal passed my name on to his friend Vivek in Seattle, and I traveled north to shoot the First Annual Walk for Values in Seattle, Washington.
However, this year, Vishal had other plans for me.
His dad, Andre Khemlani, is a professional tailor who creates beautiful custom-made suits and clothing for clients all over the world. Vishal was helping his dad redo his website and wanted some photos of clothing, fabric, details, as well as fashion shots of people wearing the clothes.
So, I made it happen.
I shot a bunch of detail shots in my home, and then went out one night in Portland with Vishal and three of his med-school buddies, David, Junior and Jacob. We met up at The Nines, an absolutely stunning hotel downtown, and took shots in a small library, on couches in the lobby, and then up at the rooftop bar.
I was super impressed by the modeling capabilities of the four medical students. During most of the shoot they were actually reciting random medical facts in preparation for a test they had coming up- it was actually pretty hilarious.
Here is a sampling of the photos!
I advertised a Mom’s Weekend/Mother’s Day special on my facebook fan page and I booked a shoot with a girl named Jackie here at OSU. Her mom was coming to visit all the way from Sacramento, Calif., and she wanted to take some fun pictures with her during their short visit together. It looked like it was supposed to rain- but we lucked out and the weather held despite the gloomy skies we encountered. We wandered around on campus in various patches of the gorgeous rhododendrons, as well as the MU and Women’s Building- two of my favorite places to take pictures at Oregon State.
I absolutely love shooting with pairs of people (couples, siblings, parents with kids, etc) because I get a sneak peak into their interactions and personalities. Moms and daughters all share a special bond and it’s not your average type of family photo- since most families either take pictures all together, just parents, just siblings or alone. Just spending the time together doing a photoshoot like this is something I’d even like to do with MY mom, now that I have thought about it.
Anyway, here are the shots!
My boyfriend Wil and I collaborate pretty often when it comes to mixing art with new media. He presented me with an idea earlier this week about “freeing” a piece of lumber and making a video of the process. Naturally, he told me this the day before his critique, so I had less than an hour and a half to get all the footage, and I didn’t get to start editing til after 10pm. Needless to say, I was pretty tired when I was done, but fairly happy with how the video came out. It’s a weird concept, but it’s also interesting. I hope you enjoy it- it’s only about 3 minutes. Shot in HD with my Canon 5d Mark ii and my 24-70 f2.8L lens.
It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t done a fashion shoot since the end of March. I also realized that I had been living with my new roommate Kim for over a month and hadn’t taken any photos of her yet. Despite the fact that she is really shy and quiet, I told her we really needed to do a shoot and she obliged. It was a great chance to get to know her a little better, and I also realized she was a great model.