Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Kayla Cameo

This marks the last shoot for my exit portfolio, which was my last photo in the studio portrait category. I decided to go with a Victorian feel, and then I took it a step further as I was inspired by cameo jewelry. Kayla was the perfect model to portray this romantic era, and I decided to do soft curls and her hair in the back was actually a messy half ponytail with curls bobby-pinned around it. The following three images were my absolute favorite from the shoot:








Special thanks goes to Kayla McGuire for always being such a gracious model for me.

Always,

Des'ola

Sunday, May 23, 2010

My Great Grandmother's Table Cloth

With each of my photographs in my specialization portfolio, I want to express a relationship in history which can be timeless. Trying to find something to wear for the photographs I made this weekend, Mama pulled out my Great Grandmother Ellis' table cloth, and I found it to be a great element. I am sure if she found out her great grand-daughter was going to be posing with just the table cloth, she would have not been happy at all; let's also add the table cloth would be on the ground! In present day, I brought this table cloth back out into the world using it in a way it probably shouldn't be used. The following images were my favorite:






This and the following images are my absolute favorites. I did not even realize how the branch above my head had the similar shape of my head and back, which it was a pleasant surprise, adding to the photograph.


This is the amazing perk of being short. I looked at this opening of the old barn and wondered if it would be able to cover my chest area. I was happy to see it could, and figured out a way to wrap the table cloth to cover the bottom half. These images are the ones I live for. The surprise and being able to work with it is beautiful to me.

Always,

Des'ola

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Dreaming in Red

This weekend I had another shoot in mind, but it failed. I have always been inspired by the vintage red couch I have in the guest bedroom back home and always wanted to do an actual photo shoot with it. Wrapping up my specialization portfolio, I believe this would be a nice mixer to the photographs. Below are my absolute favorites, and it was difficult to pick from.



If my best friend, Heather, does not feel like she resembles Marilyn Monroe now, I don't know if I will ever convince her. She still has her own unique beauty, but the way she laughs and some of her looks she has is so striking to the blonde bombshell back in the day.




My favorite. Well, this is pretty neck and neck with the first one, so I am unsure what exactly is my favorite.


Indeed, that is an old sewing machine. Mama and I use it as a vanity now.




I gave this fan to Mama for her mother's day this year, and it is already getting it's beautiful use.



A major thanks goes to my best friend, Heather. I know it seems like I use her as a model time and time again, but she is the one who is the most reliable and who is usually always there to back me up. I am ever so Thankful for this wonderful lady.

Always,

Des'ola

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Southern Interior Architecture

As part of my exit portfolio, I needed to photograph the interior of architecture, and after I photographed the beautiful southern plantation houses, I knew what interior I wanted to capture. I photographed a living room which belongs to a very southern couple named Martha & Herb. Herb is my father's best friend, and Martha is definitely the sweetest southern woman I probably may ever know in my life. Her voice I can never forget, and she stills says "I do declare" and "Lord have mercy". As a little girl, I would like to come over to their house and spend time with Martha and she would allow me to play with some of her beautiful tea sets from her china cabinet and these homemade stuffed animals, which are in a basket in one of the photographs. She had a beautiful rose garden I would be able to get a couple of roses from almost every time I visited. I would have molasses cookies from time to time with her, and to this day the same brand molasses cookies are still delicious to me and I think of her every time I see the package of them. She's a southern woman I wish everyone could have as I know the beautiful southern charm she has is slowly fading from this world.


This is their second living room they have, and the one I rarely went into when I was younger. Years ago, southern homes would have a special room for special company, and I assume this was that room. Nothing in this room was moved around, as I wanted to keep the same aura of the room that Martha has put into it. She always keeps things this neat and tidy in her house, regardless if she says her house is a mess sometimes.




This is my favorite photograph out of the bunch, as I feel like these chairs represent Martha & Herb. In the small stand beside the red chair are baby shoes from Martha's family generations, which I believe one dates back from the very late 1800's-early 1900's.


This basket in the corner is what I was talking about in the earlier paragraph about the homemade stuffed animals. When I looked at them during the shoot, I was taken back to when I was a little girl not having a care in the world, not knowing what priceless treasures this amazing woman had in her home.

I do hope one of these goes into my portfolio, not just because it will fit with the other images, but because of the history and relationship I have with the people who own it. This, again, gives me proof on how photography makes my life memorable and worthwhile.

Always,

Des'ola

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Perfume Product Shot

For my exit portfolio, we need to have two product shots. My first product shot was of my graduation ring, and the second one I decided to do on my favorite perfume, True Religion. At first, I thought I was going to do some simple dandelions around it, and then my mom asked if I wanted to have more, and so just in case, we went to a field I have photographed in before and picked some wildflowers. When I put everything out on the table and started to lay things around the perfume bottle, I noticed two ladybugs. At first, I just photographed one of them on a dandelion, thinking I would not be putting them in the shot.


This was done before doing my product shot I knew in-camera was my favorite.

After making some shots of the ladybug shown above, I decided to try and set it with the wildflowers and perfume. It kept wanting to move everywhere but where I wanted it to stay. Meanwhile, I began to realize even in a product shot, I am wanting something that isn't static and something I can work with since I am more attracted to doing location portraits. I began to get tiresome of this ladybug and I let it go wherever it wanted. The other ladybug, which I didn't find as pretty since it wasn't as brightly colorful, decided to crawl up the perfume. I took this opportunity to make some shots with it. Watching it through my lens, I noticed it was making circles around the top of the perfume. During this was when I found my photograph I wanted, and it was because of the ladybug I didn't want originally deciding to become a part of my product shot.


I am usually not stoked about product photography, but the adventure I had making this shot happen was inspiring. I am really happy with it and gives me a brighter outlook on making more product photographs. This ladybug is now immortalized and doesn't even know it.

Always,

Des'ola