I’m happy to introduce our guest photographer today, Laurel Correll, with Forever Frames Photography. She has been inspired by the famous, Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer to the star’s and Jessica Drossin, creative art photographer; both very accomplished and creative female photographer’s. Laurel herself is a talented photographer, as well as a mother, a new volunteer to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, and the name I like to write the most today, my friend. She started her portrait and wedding business 8 years ago and in the past 2 years started a new creative body of private work that really intrigued me. Today, she is going to share some of her process on creative photography with us. And of course she will share some TIPS at the end and there will be a mini challenge for you on my FB page.
“My personal Photography Journey,” Laurel’s creative body of work:
Why are these shoots your favorite? “I love taking pictures of all types but these creative sessions are my all time favorites. I control the whole thing from start to finish. That includes props, clothing, hair, makeup, lighting, and editing.”
What inspired you to start shooting this work? ” I wanted to push myself further in the creative process. I think it’s important to constantly try to do new things or go out of the box, otherwise your work begins to look exactly the same and become boring.”
What is your process for doing a shoot? “The very first thing I do when I schedule a session is I pray. I, on my own cannot come up with an inspiring image. So I pray. I have an inspiration notebook. I take lots of notes and sketches while praying. ”
What about models and hair and makeup? “A lot of the time the models come to me. At first I was asking close friends to let me dress them up. Now I am thankful for the little
following I have and people tend to come to me. I do have a lot of repeat models which I love. I mostly do everything from hair and makeup to wardrobe. There have been a few times I have enlisted the help of others who know more about costume makeup.”
What about the shooting process, do you go in with the end in mind or have something you know you want as the finished image? “I always have a certain shot in mind that I want to get, but I allow room for the spur of the moment shots. Generally with each session I have an “Aha” moment and decide that one will be it. But I always continue shooting just in case.”
How much of a part is the editing in your process? ” I generally have an overall “feel” I am aiming at with each session. The editing is HUGE for these types of sessions. One image can
take up to 6 plus hours. ”
How has this work spread into your work for clients? This has made me realize how important it is to style all of my sessions. Before when I made appointments with clients I would just do whatever they liked. Now I give suggestions before hand even with wardrobe.
What’s your biggest tip for one of these shoots? “The biggest thing when it comes to these pictures is what type of emotion are you trying to achieve? If its a happy slumber party use lots of
natural lighting. If you are trying to get the emotion of peaceful slumber, then use indoor lighting with a more intimate feel.”
LENS: I love my 18-75mm tamron lens
LIGHTING: I always prefer natural lighting, but my sessions end up about 50/50 with both natural and manipulated.
MINI Photo CHALLENGE for YOU: Find a photograph you have taken where you achieved the emotion you wanted to see and share it on our FB page, OR EVEN BETTER, get your think of a photo you would like to create and do it, share it on the thread. If you want critiques or tips, just ask, otherwise just get in on the fun and share.