In my last post, I mentioned one of my favorite local female photographers, Elyse Bullard. Each time Elyse and I work together, I can count on two things — great photographs, and total willingness to get goofy and creative in order to make them. In fact, one of the things I most appreciate about Elyse is how willing she is to take the time to get out and shoot around, just for the sake of her love of photography. As a creative professional, I think that practice is key. When we take the time to truly play with our art, we allow ourselves room for growth.
Elyse has thrown down a challenge or two already this year photography wise and is almost always game when it comes to being a part of styled photo shoots — right now I’m crossing my fingers that one of her proposed styled shoots, featuring a very special dress, comes to fruition. And although I’ve got a few ideas in mind for early 2018 that I’m hoping she’ll hop in on, I really enjoyed our most recent shootaround.
As quiet and laid back as the morning turned out to be, it began briskly, covered in frost.
Monday, November 13th, marked the earnest cool down here in south-east Wisconsin, and while we made our way to Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, Elyse and I watched as the frost melted and made way for a lovely, eerie mist. This mist is a staple of Kishwauketoe, and one of the reasons I so adore our little lakeside nature preserve.
Sidenote: If you know what these plants featured above are called, please leave me a comment, because Elyse and I were both left curious!
Our photo shoot was a simple one, aimed at providing us both with the chance to do a somewhat rare thing for some photographers — find ourselves on the other side of the camera. More often than not, we find ourselves looking more like this…
Elyse pitched the idea, and we took the morning to create a bit of personal branding imagery, to have a little bit of fun, and shoot around in the mist and chilly weather.
When I approach personal branding imagery for my clients, I like to begin by focusing on what makes them unique, what they bring to the table, and what sets them at ease. As you can see, Elyse looks positively at home here, which is fitting, since it’s one of her favorite local portrait locations as well. I’ll admit, I kind of swoon over how perfectly her gorgeous hair fits into the landscape.
From there I tend to highlight details of their craft, profession, or project. The tools of a trade are in an integral part of your story, so they deserve some love and a beautiful spotlight!
Once we’ve captured some genuine, poignant images, I like to move on to making folks laugh. Giggles are contagious, smiles become genuine, and that resonates with everyone, no matter your profession, or passion. Luckily, laughter comes easily with Elyse, and we had a good time making fun of ourselves as we photographed each other (I’ll share the shots she captured of me soon enough). Check out that smile!
I’m relatively sure this was actually Elyse’s favorite shot. 😉 ^^^^
And just for fun, we took some motion shots of that gorgeous red hair of hers. (Confession, I simply adore red hair!)
Thanks for a fun, chilly morning, Elyse. Thank you for the portraits of me (and all of the images you’ve taken when we’ve teamed up)! 🙂 And thank you, for your genuine love of photography and lighthearted friendship. Cheers to you, #Bossbabe!
Hugs and High Fives!
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