Jasmine Maternity Session | Dallas Family Photographer

When another photographer, is in front of my camera, I always feel honored and a little nervous. As photographers we all work a little differently and our visions are unique to each of us, so it’s just a teeny bit nerve wracking to work with another artist. In this case, Jasmine’s warm welcoming personality and ease in front of the camera, showed me that she was completely confident in my vision! The sessions when a client is most confident in the photographer are always the most stunning!

It doesn’t hurt that Jasmine is just glowing with joy and anticipation. Her sense of peace radiates from her smile and manner. We talked a little about what she was looking forward to most, and as most mothers in late pregnancy, getting to finally meet and hold her little one, was what her heart most desired. Can’t wait to meet this little one and see her mom and dad holding her in their arms!

Black and White Portrait Session | T-Max 400 | Dallas Portraits

One of my creative goals for the year was to try out new film stocks and to test out pushing film stocks, so that I could have a better understanding of how different film works in different lighting situations. My first successful attempt (you won’t see any of my attempt at shooting HP5 pushed because there was a light leak and a lot of missed focus) was shooting medium format Kodak T-Max 400.

I really didn’t know what to expect out of this film because I shot this in my bedroom in front of a black velour backdrop, which I’ve never done before, not even on digital. I metered at 800 and planned on pushing it one stop, but when I sent the film in I forgot to tell the lab! So, I was very pleasantly surprised that these came back this way. In hindsight, I think my metering should have been for the light falling on her face, not the light directly in front of me, since there was a lot of side light going on. The bright Dallas sun was pouring into the window and bouncing off the floor and my white bed, so I think that all that sunlight must have made my metering inaccurate.

I had so much fun working with only a model on a simple backdrop and I'm so pleased with how these turned out! I can’t wait to shoot this film again in different lighting to find out how it reacts!

Smoke Grenade Photo Session | Dallas Portrait Photography

So on Friday, I shared the first part of last Sunday’s evening adventures (you can see that post here). From the photos I share here, you’ll see why I wanted to split this up in two posts…

The first time I saw a smoke grenade shoot I knew I had to try it! I am a sucker for color and something a little edgier. Since we are in an apartment and I'm still pretty new to the Dallas area, finding a secluded spot was a little tough and it took me a while to bite the bullet, but oh, am I SO glad I did!

We had to warm up a little, before we launched the grenades, because they only last a minute or two, but once we finally decided to pull the plug (or the pin - haha), it was a color explosion. These were all taken with 5 minutes - not much time for posing or direction from me, but I think they turned out pretty awesome. I CANNOT wait to do this again!