Meet my sister, Kelly. She is 28. She's an art director. She's talented. Smart. Gorgeous. She's an incredible aunt to my son. An amazing wife to her husband. The perfect daughter to our parents and one of the best sisters I could ever ask for. Kelly has a heart of gold and the strength of a thousand armies and can weather any storm with grace. I am so blessed to know her and her beautiful heart. We all are.
I asked Kelly to come to the studio yesterday so I could do some lighting tests- new space, new set-up. It was a quick 15 minutes or less of shooting but it was perfect being able to spend that time with her. We didn't pre-plan so we didn't have any stylists and look in mind. She just had her cami that she wore under her button-up when she arrived, and she was barely wearing any make-up... maybe some mascara. Still absolutely stunning. We do plan on doing another full-length actual styled shoot with stylists later this year! We can do some comparison shots :) By the way- these shots were all done strictly with natural window light, make-shift scrim and a white styrofoam board as a reflector. No artificial lighting for this one!
Now we get into some of the different re-touches I played around with. This image below I couldn't quite decide on which edit I liked best, so I saved all three. Which do you like best? Comment below!
These next two below show the SOOC (Straight off of camera) shot and the final edit - to give you an idea of what I put into my basic beauty portrait editing.
While this shoot was approximately 15 minutes long - I normal contemporary beauty portrait session could last anywhere from 2-3 hours (that includes an hour of professional hair styling and make-up artistry. Sessions are typically styled ahead of time with several wardrobe changes in mind - and occasionally a custom piece created specifically for the shoot! I am going to have an extremely fun year here in Connecticut working with some incredibly beautiful women and providing an unforgettable luxury experience to my clients.