This blog is dedicated to portraiture with focus on women of all ages, shapes and sizes, as well as inspiring women to fulfill visions through creative DIY.
It's so exciting when I have a client who has never experienced a full photo shoot. There's so much to share, and I always look forward to giving them a great experience. Today's blog post is about Veronica, and her her first time ever to be in front of the camera. These days, instead of writing, I post a lot of video to show the experience. Watch this short movie from start to finish, as it documents everything we did to achieve a beautiful and successful shoot.
I've always believed in a woman's natural ability to bring out the best in her. She just doesn't know how beautiful and exciting she is, she needs someone to show her how. That's my job. My mother told me, as a child I've always been fascinated with fashion. I LOVED looking at mannequins at Macy's and Bloomingdales. But I didn't discover this true love and desire for fashion photography until 30 years later.
Now here I am, helping women discover what they are truly capable of, and I LOVE that. I love the transformation process, and the effects of it after. Women I've photographed are surprised in themselves, and have gained confidence to help them move forward with any personal battles they face.
These photographs were taken a few years ago, while I was still a developing portrait photographer. But I love coming back to these.
I had a cancellation of a photo shoot one Saturday, and needed someone to fill in the spot to help me folio build. So I made a quick post on Facebook, and was able to fill that spot quickly. Her name was Kaylie, and we had actually already had a date in mind sometime in May to do her shoot, for something themed slightly different, but what the heck, I'll take it! Right?
So we coordinated, and she happened to have gone shopping for her prom dress the day before the shoot. I was so excited! But it was overcast and dark that day, I didn't think I would get good light, BUT I had made some new v-flats a few days before out of foam core to use as reflectors. I was anxious to give it a try. The v-flats were white, and I also made one black. They were all made out of the largest foam core boards you can get at Hobby Lobby, and I used popsicle sticks and E6000 glue to connect 6 to make a V (see picture at the bottom of the page).
Soooo...back to Kaylie. The shoot was a success, and she did wonderful! The photos were so easy to edit because she was gorgeous, and such a natural. I was quickly able to gather a few movie clips and images, and put them together for a short video. I posted the video to Facebook....and to my surprise the video has reached about 5K and was viewed about 2.6K times in 3 days! I didn't know much about Kaylie except that she went through a painful last few months due to bullying at her school- Eagle Mountain in Saginaw. This video below has reached many of her friends and family, and even shared by a few anti bullying organizations. I had no clue that I was able to reach out to someone so special and help her rebuild her confidence. Kaylie has since been more upbeat and in better spirits!
You are Beautiful Inside and Out!
It took me a while to get to this video. I've done this shoot with Mkayla last weekend, and even though the pictures aren't all done yet, I decided to at least put together a feature of what we did last week. I shot this from the usual spot in my home, corner with window. I'll be posting it separately shortly after this.
Anyway, the point is, Glamour has come a long way. We've done away with the bad hair, cheesy poses and bad makeup and transformed it into a wonderful and beautiful experience. In this shoot, watch me transform a young lady- student in DFW who also plays basketball for her school's varsity team. It was a fun and beautiful session. We didn't use fancy equipment or bright lights. And everything was low key.
So, what are you waiting for? Don't wait to shed a few pounds, or think you're not fabulous enough, because we all have it in us! I bet I can make you look and feel like a million bucks!
Inside the Glamour Studio from Emmarie Jackson on Vimeo.
Inside the Glamour Studio with Mkayla
Watch me in action shooting a glamour session with Mkayla from the corner of my house! Glamour has come a long way! It is no longer cheesy. No more bad hair! No more bad posing! No more bad makeup! Today's glamour will make you look and feel like a million bucks! So what are you waiting for?
Setup of my shoot with Mkayla from Emmarie Jackson on Vimeo.
Studio setup at home
All you need is a corner with light and lots of reflectors!
Here's another quick DIY for a backdrop. This backdrop is good for tight or half body shots (from the waist up). I typically try to match clothing with the backdrop. In this concept, I wanted something glittery that sparkles. So, I made a backdrop out of champagne glitter scrapbook paper that I got on sale at Hobby Lobby for $1/sheet. I used about 24, so, all together I'd say not bad at all.
I grabbed some modge podge and applied glue using a paint brush on the back of each paper and glued it to a 6 x 4 polystyrene board I had been using as a reflector. The trick is, you will need to make sure all the paper is glued in one direction, otherwise, you can end up with different textured parts or shades, depending on how the light hits the paper. In my case, I made the price tag on the back of the paper my guide, and made sure they were all at the bottom left corner when I glued it on.
After letting it dry for a couple of hours, it was ready. In these shots, I used all natural light, a reflector, and a background light to make it sparkle! The sequin dress was an added plus!