Chanel | California Desert

January 11, 2015

In August I traveled to California for 2 weeks and it was such an amazing experience. While I was there I was able to photograph one of my very good friends (and the most talented model I know), Chanel Gray.  She was such amazing host and made her home feel like my own.  I’ve only known Chanel for a couple of years now but our friendship was always so great (you’ll never meet someone as affectionate and caring as this girl).  When I told her my ideas for this shoot she made it come to life with me and we spent the whole day on it.

This photos shoot was important to me for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons is because I spent most of the year doing senior shoots, weddings, family sessions, etc. over and over again and while I LOVE doing those, I needed a creative release so bad.  This photo shoot was in my head for MONTHS and I needed to be able to do whatever I wanted again and to just feel absolutely out of the box as weird as that sounds.  Another big reason was that I needed to show people that yes, I love shooting in direct sunlight as well.  Anyone who follows my work should notice that all I shoot with is natural light (and that’s not because I don’t know how to use a flash), it’s because there is literally nothing better than natural light in my opinion. I mean, just look at these images of Chanel and how amazing she looks with just the sun (not even a reflector was used).  I usually like to take my subjects to shaded areas or somewhere that I know I will usually always have shade. Here, in the middle of the desert however, I didn’t have any and that’s why it was super important to me that I did this. I wanted to prove to myself that hey, there isn’t anything you can’t do. You don’t need shade or controlled natural lighting to make awesome photos.

Most of you have never seen these photos before. I have shown previews of some of them because there’s no way I could hide them for half a year. But I was waiting to post ALL of them for my first ever blog post.  These images are so special to me and I can’t thank Chanel enough for making it happen.

I plan on posting to this blog if not every day, several times a week.  It’s going to be my way to talk more about my photo shoots and to post as many photos as I want to. I plan on posting more polaroids, film, digital, etc. and maybe even offer some mentoring/Q&A sessions on here as well throughout the year!

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