UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
As a creative type, my brain is bombarded daily with thoughts of new ideas I want to try during a photo shoot. That’s why I designed the Make the Art program here at Shinn Shots Photography.
I came up with the concept for my most recent Make the Art session when I was taking a lighting course. Controlling light affords all types of creative outcomes in photographs. We were practicing with hard light, which is often a trademark of the 1950’s style portraits. I wanted to chance to try out this lighting technique while creating some stylized portraits. As soon as I came up with the idea, I knew just the man for the job. Jake.
Jake is a gregarious 13-year-old who is completely relaxed in front of the camera. Couple that with the fact that he can definitely pull off the “smooth” look, and I knew he’d be right for these pictures.
I originally planned on just taking studio shots with Jake, but a few weeks before our shoot I drove past this old gas station on one corner and an old barn on the other corner of Peachtree Parkway and Mathis Airport Road in Cumming. I just about ran the red light as I looked back to check out these abandoned buildings. They were PERFECT! I tracked down the owner of the land and asked permission to shoot there. Thankfully, he obliged a crazy photographer and agreed to let me shoot on his land.
To get the right lighting, we needed it to be dark for the studio shots and late evening for the location shots. It worked out well that my clients are late-night people like me because we ended up shooting until 11 pm! We met at 7pm on location and spent the next half hour trying to figure out how to tie and tie! I’m definitely adding that to my list of things to memorize. Who knew it could be so complicated. But, between an iPhone, YouTube, and vague memories, Rebecca (Jake’s mom) figured it out.
Jake and I then proceeded to distract cars driving by with our photo shoot on the side of the road and ended our location shoot by braving snakes in the tall grass next to the barn. Jake was awesome. Completely debonair. Ok, he admitted he didn’t feel that way standing on the side of the road. But in his custom suit, well-tied tie, and cool hat….he definitely came across as legend… <wait for it> …dary!
As the sun was setting, we headed back towards Jake’s house to set up the studio. Once Jake was in his element (and didn’t have people staring at him as they drove by), his personality completely came out. What’s that phrase my grandmother used to say? He could talk the hind leg off a mule? (That’s said in complete affection…and I’m not saying anything he doesn’t already know ;)) I love the fact that he talks because it keeps him relaxed and it keeps me from having to think about what to say to fill the silence. We make a good team. Not only that, but Jake is a complete natural in front of the camera. I got so many shots that I didn’t even plan on because he just hangs out and creates these great poses while he tells his tall tales.
I loved this shoot because it was one of the first times that a concept in my head came out just as I imagined it would in the picture. It’s amazing to see your vision come to life. Thanks to Jake, Rebecca, and Bryan for working with me to make it happen!
I hope Jake likes his pictures (even though he’s not in his typical t-shirt and jeans), but even more important to me was what he said to his mom at the end of our 4 hour photo shoot: “She’s just not like other photographers.” Music to my ears. What’s the point of taking pictures if it’s not fun?