One of the things I got up to a couple of months ago was a photoshoot. I hadn't done any shoots for ages, and felt like I wanted to capture some of my "I just turned 30" fabulous-ness. Oh and you know, before I went and aged and stuff. I was booked in for a shoot with the lovely Kelly of Kelly Jordan Photography. The package was an on-location shoot (city, studio or beach), and had makeup inclusive as well. I chose city (I'm not really a beach girl) and to tell the truth, was slightly apprehensive about the make up application. With my skin tone, it's easy for make up artists who aren't used to the depth of my colour to over-do the makeup, OR get the shade of foundation wrong. So. I rocked up, not really knowing what to expect, but feeling much re-assured by Kelly's friendly demeanour on the phone during our booking.
Kelly was simply delightful, and to my happy happy joy, got my makeup perfect - the foundation shade was great (she mixed it to get the right shade), and the colours she used were super natural and made me look just like a better version of me.
I had brought along a few outfits, and told her what kind of shots I wanted and what I wanted them for, and off we went.
I've had the absolute pleasure of working with some wonderful photographers, and here are the traits I loved that Kelly shared with some of the better photographers I've worked with:
- She knew exactly the kind of shot she wanted to get, and didn't hesitate to direct me to getting angles, looks, and emotions to where they needed to be.
- She was decisive and worked FAST
- She took advantage of candid moments to get some shots we wouldn't have been able to get whilst posed
- She tries to get the shot right the first time, with minimal post-processing
I know all the above sounds like a no-brainer, but I've also worked with photographers who haven't had these things down pat, and having those qualities makes the work of being the subject MUCH easier, and inspires confidence too!
Here's some of the results from the shoot:
If you want to book a shoot, I'd highly recommend Kelly. Her no-fuss approach, friendly manner and ability to work quickly are things I would highly recommend. She's priced competitively, and one of the best things is, she doesn't do the hard sell, instead allowing you to make the decisions of purchase yourself entirely. Find KELLY JORDAN here.
For me - I got exactly what I wanted out of the shoot. Some shots that captured SOME youth (bahahahaha), but also some real shots that I feel made me look like ME. Hooray for everyone!