Ellie's Portrait Session (ft. Arie)

When I went to meet up with Ellie, I was honestly so exhausted. I was still recovering from a long work week and had photographed and edited a session earlier that day.

I was really doubting my creativity and skills when we started taking photos. I felt like my pose ideas weren’t working out and the locations weren’t as interesting as they could be. After a little bit, I started to loosen up and things began to fall into place. Once I started editing, I felt like my confidence was restored. Not because these are the best photos, the best locations or poses, but because Ellie’s true beauty and elegance was shining!

She is radiant.

And then I remember, the photos are for her. She asked me to take these photos because she wanted to have some documentation of herself. She was looking back for a photo of herself and couldn’t find any after her high school senior portraits. She is a beautiful woman and deserves to look at photos of herself and feel that! We had a great time walking around and trying out poses even if they felt a little weird at first. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, either way we had so much fun taking them.

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After we relocated, I felt like the magic really began to happen! When I was feeling stuck, I decided to take some risks and practice some in-camera double exposure photos.

In the past, I’ve only ever played with this setting at home. I’ve seen it done beautifully by so many wedding photographers I follow on social media, but it has never been a go-to setting I use with a model or a client.

1/10 usually turn out alright for me, but Ellie and this beautiful skyline just clicked! After Arie joined us, I wanted to depict these beautiful gals and the wonderful city we all live in and have had the pleasure to all meet in. Sadly, the sun began to set quickly and we had to call it a wrap on the photos. I would definitely recommend roof top photo sessions at sunset. Also, I would recommend trying something different. Try something you aren’t comfortable with, there is no way you can predict the result.

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