When Caleb asked if I could take some new headshots for him, I was thrilled! He and I became good friends during our time in high school show choir, but we've attended the same schools since elementary school, all the way through college at Indiana University.
Caleb just moved to New York City - in fact, these photos were taken the day before he left - and I wish him the best of luck on this new, exciting chapter!
The Indiana University Singing Hoosiers perform their annual holiday concert, The Chimes of Christmas, at the IU Auditorium each December. Featuring Christmas and Hanukkah favorites, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and guest artists from the Jacobs School of Music, the show is a great way to ring in the holiday season.
I performed with this ensemble from 2012-2016 as a first soprano, so I always feel right at home being their photographer. I also have a sister in the ensemble - and I may take a few too many photos of her, but can you blame me? Live performance photography always pulls me out of my comfort zone, but I have so much fun being immersed in the experience of live music.
Here are a few of my favorite moments from the show!
I have two websites - one for photography, and another that serves as my collective portfolio for everything from writing to design work and more. I've put a lot of TLC into this photography website over the past year, but my portfolio started to lag. I knew that some new head shots would rejuvenate the site - yes, photographers need new photos too, sometimes! I wanted to be sure to choose someone from within the Fort Wayne photography community, so I reached out to a fellow photographer whose work I've admired for years.
I discovered Danielle Doepke on Instagram and was instantly struck by her stunning portrait work. She has a unique way of capturing light and color, and it is clear she loves what she does. So, naturally, when the time came for a redesign, I reached out to Danielle and we set up a time to get some awesome photos during the final weeks of Autumn.
Its pretty rare that I'm on the other side of the lens, but it was great to see how another photographer works, and Danielle was super fun to work with! You can check out the full gallery of our shoot on her website and explore her truly stunning portfolio! Thanks so much for the photos, Danielle!
Peter and Kassandra celebrated their engagement at a vineyard in Vineland, Ontario. The evening was a blend of Serbian and Polish music, food, and traditions. A live band, homemade desserts, and family from across the U.S. and Canada made for an unforgettable celebration, despite some unexpected chilly weather. The turning leaves and delicious wine made up for it, though!
Congratulations, Peter and Kass!
I've known Leah since she was just a baby. Her sister and I met in daycare and were best friends growing up, and I was thrilled when she asked me to take her senior photos. We met up at Fort Wayne's Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory and had so much fun utilizing all of the gorgeous plants for this shoot.
Good luck with your senior year, Leah!
As much as magazine covers would like you to believe it, nobody's skin is perfect (although Sophie's is pretty darn close). Skin retouching is the first thing I do when editing portraits. It's not difficult to do, but the results go a long way! Just check out this before and after:
Some photographers send their photos off to professional photo retouchers (shout out to Solstice Retouch, a total retouching guru) to save time. But knowing some of these essential Photoshop tools should be more than enough to get you started:
Even if you ask her to be serious for a photo, nothing can stop Avni's effervescent personality from shining through. She got dressed up in a gorgeous traditional red sari for this shoot and adorned herself with jewelry and henna. She truly looked like an Indian goddess.
Sophie is an incredible makeup artist - and model - who channeled her inner elf queen for this summertime shoot.
Check out her work over at Sophia Rhoads Cosmetics.
In addition to being the home of the Indiana University Hoosiers, Bloomington, Indiana, is, as you can likely infer from its name, known for its many trees and flowers. It is, in my somewhat biased opinion, the prettiest town in the state. I instantly loved this photo, from my shoot with Destiny, but when I threw it into Photoshop for editing, I knew that some revamping would serve the image well.
I loved the effect and the color of the bokeh flowers in the background and I wanted to try adapting the orientation of this photo from portrait to landscape to capitalize on these gorgeous flowers even more. So I expanded the canvas and got to work adding flowers to the background. It took quite a bit of time, patience, and use of Photoshop's stamp and patch tools, but I made it happen.
You can check out the final result below (or on the home page of this website 😉).
When I want to work on my Photoshop skills, I dig up old, typically overlooked photos that I want to reinvent. The photo on the left was taken in the spring of 2016, but I didn't share it until recently - after a bit of transformation. I felt that this profile shot presented an opportune canvas to work with due to the empty background and existing color pallet in the photograph.
In the photo, on the right, you'll notice quite a few changes from the original that I felt brought the image to life. More vibrant colors, a textured background, and some tactful dodging and burning went into this transformation. And of course, perhaps more noticeable is the entirety of Sanya's head, which was moved just slightly to the right.
I think the second photo does a better job of showcasing Sanya's personality and telling her effervescent story.