Emily and I went to undergrad together. We knew each other socially but never really had a chance to connect during our time at school. After graduation we both moved to NYC to find our fortunes. When I left singing and started doing photography Emily was an early champion of my work. She was awesome-so supportive and complimentary. We even did a shoot together back then when I was just starting out. At the time, she was a student soprano at one of the most prestigious opera programs in the city and I was a plucky upstart photographer with a cursory knowledge photography. Now, years later, she is a successful young professional singing leads in operas and recitals all over the country (and world! She was just singing in China!) and I’m happy to say I know considerably more about photography than I did during our first shoot (though there is always a universe of knowledge to learn, crumbs of which I try to consume on a daily basis!) Emily is an unbelievably talented singer and interpreter. And over the years she has become a real friend-I was so excited when she got in touch about doing a new, updated photoshoot down in her hometown of Louisville, KY.
I went down a few weeks ago and I just loved Louisville. Even though it was bitterly cold on the day of our shoot it still felt warmer than OH and NY had at the time
We travelled to a few different destinations in town and got countless wonderful images. This girl is SO easy to photograph. Seriously. And her wardrobe? It’s the stuff dreams are made of. I want her to be my personal stylist for 2011.
Here are a few of my favorites from our day of dress-up and photography fun
We started out on your basic diva headshot:
Emily is SO comfortable in front of the camera. Effortless.
This is our Vogue-inspired/Peter Grimes opera-inspired shot.
HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY TIP:
I don’t usually like headshots in strapless gowns-if they’re cropped too tight (the shot, not the dress) the client can look naked. By stepping back a bit and recomposing the shot into more of a torso than a head-alone shot, the strapless dress looks classy, not lewd. Win-win!
This works especially well if your client has GORGEOUS collarbones like Emily:
Then we moved on to a different location for some website/promo shots. It had a solarium. A SOLARIUM! I think all diva-shoots need a solarium, don’t you?
I love the fuzziness of this next one-I find it to be so ethereal…
Are you KIDDING ME with this, Emily!? SERIOUSLY GORGEOUS!!!
After the solarium we took a brief walk outside and took advantage of that gorgeous Winter light:
I couldn’t resist taking a shot of Em’s ADORABLE baby puppy, Charlie. He’s a poodle. I think he has a future in pictures, don’t you?