You are currently browsing the monthly archive for June 2009.

Rina and I attempted to throw our first Malaya Girls Night In – a  boudoir party where, for a nominal fee, a bunch of girls would get together at a chic local hotel, hang out, eat/drink and each have a boudoir-inspired mini-photoshoot.   There was a lot of interest and several girls RSVP’d and told us how excited they were but as the day grew closer, they started to get nervous and chicken out.  By the time the day of the party rolled around, we only had one girl actually show up.  Nevertheless, we still had a blast – lots of wine, good conversation and a gorgeous subject to work with.  Being the only one that showed, Michelle had our undivided attention so we ended up doing 4 total looks.   She requested us not to post the lingerie shots (although, she looked AMAZING), but here are a couple of our faves for the night:

_MG_9877-Edit

_MG_0026-Edit

Thanks to Michelle for a great night – you were beautiful and we must do this again before you leave for Rome!!

– Cies

Advertisements

I’m running an 8K in a few hours, but of course my workaholic self is here posting blogs.   Today,  I photographed my homie Melbo’s girlfriend, Brittany.   She’s super cute without makeup, so I knew once we got her dolled up in a Malaya session, she would look amazing.   I only had time to edit two of them so far, but I was extremely happy with this shoot.   It was gross and hot outside and I accidentally exposed her to poison ivy (sorry, Brittany!), but we all had a great time and I really love how the photos came out.

She looks gorgeous and I heart the vibrant colors:

_MG_9413-Edit

Casual headshot..she’s so cute:

_MG_9489-Edit

I actually am shooting AGAIN this afternoon, so these blog posts will keep on keepin on! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Senior sessions are also new to DCPG, but I’m finding that they are a lot of fun!  Seniors are that magical combo of being old enough to take direction without comment, but young enough to be super excited about having their photo taken – there’s always such great energy in senior sessions.   A month or so ago, we did Tana’s senior portraits under the Malaya division – so we did her hair and makeup and she got several outfits ranging from casual to her crazy bright prom dress (btw, any graduates/rising senior girls…I highly, highly recommend including your prom dress in your session!)  We were pressed for time because she had to attend a family dinner, but we were able to knock out 3 outfits and slight makeup/hair changes in an hour.   Thanks Rina!!

Tana ordered a bunch of prints and requested to have them before her graduation party this weekend.  They came in late last night from the lab and she has been literally dying to see theem, but I can’t deliver until later on tonight due to a shoot I have all day today (I’m literally typing this while today’s client is getting her hair and makeup done haha).

So in the meantime, I will share some of them online.    Since she had such vibrant colors in her hair and clothes, put against the nice greenery of the park, I decided to get them printed on metallic photo paper.   The prints look AMAZING.  Both black/white and color really “pop” on metallic – if you’ve never seen it, ask me about a sample!

She has great eyes…and love the red highlights!

_MG_5295-Edit-Edit

This photo still makes me laugh.   Her sister would sneak into the background while I was taking pictures, and Tana actually ordered this one as wallet size.    Like I said in my previous post, it’s about the moment as much as the subject:

_MG_5303-Edit

I had her stand by this Japanese maple just because I liked it, but it worked out really well w/ both her dress and hair color.   Magic!

_MG_5336-Edit

Her prom dress is seriously that color in real life.   It’s awesome.

_MG_5365-Edit

_MG_5377-Edit

_MG_5387-Edit

_MG_5408-Edit

_MG_5407-branded_web

Mendell and I spent a better part of tonight with Erin, Kevin and their 4 month old twin girls, Katie and Abbey.  I’ve been wanting to test drive our lifestyle portraiture, so the Corrie’s graciously agreed to let us invade their household for an evening and photograph a little slice of their lives.   It was really fun – we basically just followed them around on their nightly routine (playtime, feeding, bath, bedtime) and documented.   Ocassionally we’d move lights or furniture around and give very light direction, but mostly, we just sat back and observed.

I really enjoyed doing this and I think it’s great especially for parents with babies.  These days go by so fast and it’s a blessing to have tangible memories of what it was like during the beginning.    It’s not just about recording what everyone looks like; it’s the subtle but important everyday things.   It’s the way a new parent looks at their baby – so proud, so fascinated and so completely in love.  It’s the smile that the baby only gives to their parents.  It’s the tenderness, the bond, the silly songs, the fleeting moments you can’t repeat.   My daughter is going to kindergarten in the fall and if not for our millions of photos, I’d never remember exactly what happened or what our life was like back when she was still a baby.   Being that Kevin and Erin have twins, they definitely don’t have the luxury of one parent taking photos…hard to do when your hands are literally full!

Anyway, here are a few shots.  Thanks again to Kevin and Erin for feeding us dinner and letting us into your home!

Here’s Katie and Abbey staring up at Mendell, who is holding a ginormos reflector over their heads:

_MG_8928-Edit

What’s funny about the next photo is that although it looks very dramatic, Erin and I were discussing how you feel like you dropped the ball when someone else cuts your kid’s nails before you remember to.   hahaha.

_MG_9073-Edit

I think this is Katie?

_MG_9119-Edit

_MG_9102-Edit

Bath time with daddy:

_MG_9276-Edit

Bedtime with mommy:

_MG_9331-Edit

The other babies:

_MG_9187-Edit
_MG_9182

We will be photographing them again as a more official family portrait session later this month.   I’m definitely looking forward to it!

IMG_9900-edit

In an effort to blog more frequently, we are going to start posting articles other than recent jobs.   We have worked with some amazing people in our industry and I just want to take the time to highlight one of them.

Human Story Films is based out of Richmond, VA and they have an amazing storytelling sensibility to their films; weaving in wedding highlights with interviews from the couple and their loved ones.     This seamless blending of footage and narrative creates a very engaging, personal and heartfelt wedding day story.

Bill Gaff, Human Story’s chief filmmaker, along with his crew shot Winston and Hazel’s wedding with us back in August and he recently sent us a copy of their wedding DVD.  We watched it and were blown away by the style and quality.   I actually watched it twice haha – definitely a rarity with me and wedding videos.

He was nice enough to add these  kind words to us:

“It was a pleasure working with you guys.  [It’s] clear that you put as much energy into making it a nice experience as you do into the artistic part. Both are outstanding.”

Bill was voted one of the 25 Hottest and Most Influential Event Videographers in the World by the readers of EventDV Magazine and also had a wedding (and really nice write-up) featured on the chic bride site, StyleMePretty.com

If you’re looking for something unique, something truly historical and personal for your wedding day, give Human Story a call.  You won’t be disappointed.

– Cies