Photography: Why Does She Do It?

January 19, 2020

Today while writing this post, I encountered one of those aha moments. Or maybe it was truthfully an “okay, I’m fed up” moments. After a brief rant, the first thing I did just after was to go over to computer, open up my notes to work on what I love to do + continue building the growth of that as my business. 

 

Before I share with you my why, let me give you some background. All passions begin with a spark. I couldn’t pinpoint when exactly this spark happened if I wanted to. But, I can tell you it began with wanting a polaroid like the others, buying a disposable camera + heavily admiring whatever photography artist work I could get my hands or eyes on. I have already loved the arts + personal expression. From how music makes you feel to expressing myself through dance movements. 

Now, let’s get to my latest love, my camera. I’ve always said that I wanted to be a jack of all trades. And one of those trades would be a photographer. I remember once voicing it in a room full of family + no one flinched. The conversation moved on. That was somewhere near the early 2,000s when my daughter was born. Fast forward to 2017. Just before making another major move that would change my life, I bought a camera. It’s one of the beginner series equipped with kit lenses. But guess what, I still use it. I have upgraded my lenses but it is still serving me right. I love it!

 

     

Aside from using it to take photos of what I think is beautiful around me, I get to use it for work. Not just mine, but as my child blossoms into her public career I get the first opportunity to document + help to build her brand. Shortly after, I found myself getting out of my comfort zone and shooting others. Without a doubt, I learn something new every time. From lighting, angles, personalities + mechanics down to editing. In reflection, I can honestly say that none of it has been discomforting to me. I am actually exciting and welcome the overwhelm of having too much content to edit or not enough space to shoot another event or having to implement another strategy to my workflow & editing process. 

 

Furthermore, I am ecstatic to work with you. It feels amazing to share my eye with people who also love my work + want to put it out into the world + share it. Creating a business out of what I love to do is mighty fine with me. It certainly checks one of the boxes of life.

Hi, I’m Nadia the quirky goof behind the camera. Let’s make some magic.  

 

Starting the day with the first series to a campaign in mind, we headed to a local park just in the nearby neighborhood and scouted a few spots to shoot. The weather was amazing but direct sunlight was of concern, so we kept that in mind. The goal was to get five to ten fitness lifestyle poses. With props of only a yoga mat + the surrounding scene, I was challenged to get creative with how to tell this influencers story of what many least expect but what brown girls can do.

What I’ve learned in my style of photography is that I quickly become inspired by the scene around me to determine how comfortable the model feels + how well the image will transfer to the audience. It took a handful of practice shots to warm up and a few yoga poses to open up what quickly changed to giggles. This altered the dynamic but in a great way. Active photography can be quite serious wouldn’t you say? While the model is focusing on the proper positioning, how the body will transfer on camera and holding the pose just right, the photographer does what they do by squatting, leveling and focusing. This time, I was in my comfort zone with capturing a twist to exercise + how fun it can be while meeting your goals in whatever form of exercise pleases your body. 

 

This shoot was different in many ways from the active shoot we completed the year before starting with a different location + a different style goal. Check it out! Wrapping up with some lifestyle shots along with props helped to share the feeling of the activity. Whether you are creating a brand shoot, capturing products or merchandise to sell or having a fun styled selection of photos I would like to share five tips to having a successful fitness lifestyle shoot. 

  1. Bring Fitness Equipment - Bring active or fitness props to help you get comfortable in your traditional active element. Nothing better than capturing the true feeling but after a set of reps.

  2. Music Motivation - Do you listen to music while working out? Bring along your favorite tunes that keep you on pace and will also put you in that same mood that you will want to transfer in camera

  3. Find your pose - You most likely have already checked out some active photos that you would like to model your shoot after from maybe pinterest or other photographers on instagram. Save some of those poses to share with the photographer of the feeling you want to convey

  4. Location yes Location - Do you want a gym shoot, fitness studio, in the park or downtown scene? Scout locations. Don’t forget to get permission from the management if you decide on a great styled interior.

  5. Keep Moving - Don’t just smile and strike a pose but keep moving. You may not know it but every slight movement you make creates another naturally beautiful image. For instance, laugh creates a smile like no other. When look down + back up builds intrigue in your eyes. You've got this!

Fitness Campaign | Branding Session

January 12, 2020

 

The Beginning | 2018 Recap

January 5, 2020

Welcome to the 2018 recap. The idea behind this is to share with you how my first year of photography went after purchasing my first camera mid 2017 +moved beyond taking photos of flowers, trees +landscapes.

 

You’re likely wondering why you do not see posts previous to this, 2018 was the year that I focused on improving my skill. It was also the year that I spent a lot of time researching, watching other photogs that I adored their work + of course shooting more + more. 

 

There is nothing like opportunities that arise to give you the chance to go for it. My daughter was building on her social media presence, expanding her business, getting more media attention and in desperate need of photos. So, we got serious. It’s time to learn portraits + good ones at that. 2018 was a rough year + together we spent a lot of time exploring outside. On our way out of town, we wanted to get some impromptu photos on a causeway we had yet to visit.

On this day we set out to retake senior portraits. As an early graduate, the first set of senior portraits were taken in a very cold December. Although the sun was out we both were bundled up in coats, gloves +boots. Second try at a more fun + sunny setting including two graduation caps for a dual graduate.

Next, I had the opportunity to photograph a client who wanted new fun + light-hearted headshots. I was worried that it would rain during our shoot time + it slowed to a light sprinkle. We headed outside to snap a few shots under a covered patio area. Thank goodness for that. I truly enjoyed the shoot + the mission was accomplished.