During my recent workshop on the west coast I randomly ran into Kya Shae. I was sitting in my buddies studio in Salt Lake City, Utah watching The Daily Show and eating breakfast.
Kya walked into to the room and I instantly knew we had to make art together. I ended up DMing her through Instagram the night before she left for LA and asked her to come in the next morning for a quick shoot before her flight out.
She walked in with her sweet grandmother and we made this shoot together.
If you'd like to see ALL of the photos that I gave Kya then you can head over to my Patreon page and check out my behind-the-scenes work.
I've built my business on calculated risks. I cold message so many people weekly. Most of them ignore me but there's always one or two that respond and out of those I end up working with maybe 1 person a month.
I'm not scared to ask for collaborations, trading services or simply a conversation. I'm not scared of someone's accomplishments.
For this shoot, I direct messaged Lindsay Carver through Instagram after discovering her in the #nashvillephotographer feed. We shared our thoughts, concerns, portfolios and it turns out she's one of those people willing to put themselves out there and take risks to do what she loves similar to me. She's been a musician most of her life and recently discovered that she's a talented model.
This set with her is probably one of the most solid that I've ever shot. I'm really thankful.
Feel free to enjoy Lindsay's single "Beauty Queen" while you check out the photos!
I do a PHOTO FIELD TRIP every month with other photographers who want to get better at shooting and editing with a twist of experimentation. For this this one we had model Kelly Long join us. She nailed it of course! Also, a huge shoutout to up-and-coming photographer Adam Edmundson for joining us on this adventure!
I initially chose the location of this shoot on top of a parking deck but at the last minute I remembered an old abandoned car lot location that I'd been scoping out for 3 years and switched it up. I'm so happy I did!