Alexandra and I started discussing the kind of look and feel she wanted for her session; mainly being laid back, outdoors, possibly a barn. A friend's home turned out to be perfect, and the freedom to shoot where we wanted and how we wanted was very important to me, instead of being tied into a venue with rules of what we can and can't do.
I immediately just adored the two of them, posing and intimate moments came so easily as I directed them. It turns out these two have known each other since high-school so I am not kidding when I say that this session basically in my head was every country romance song come to life. I was like, sunsets, cool breezes, wide open fields, horses nearby, Montana here I come! Ok ok, just kidding. But yes it was inspiring :D
Tyler's knuckle ink kept striking me through the shoot, I felt it alone told a story of his way of thinking, how he viewed life, work ethic, relationships, fatherhood, maybe more.
Thank you, Allie, for having me capture this exciting time for both of you in your lives!
To bear down, grit it out, stay the course
Brenda is a very striking model and hair & make-up artist who I coveted to shoot over the past year. She's the opposite of most female models though in the fact that she is indifferent on having her schedule packed with photo sessions and is decidedly selective on who she spends time working with in front of the camera. After we started narrowing down a date to get a session done, I knew I wanted to do something different than she HAD done in the recent years; which meant no heavy make-up, no rock and roll clothes, no vamp or glam or 100% vixen. I wanted softer, minimal everything, natural light, a direct connection with just her, her surroundings and myself. Everything just pared down and bared down.
When she arrived for the session pretty much fresh faced with barely any make up, she remarked how "naked" she felt and almost vulnerable, definitely out of her comfort zone. And that's exactly what I wanted to hear because I wanted that feel to come through the pics. Yes we still wanted confident, alluring, feminine - just a different KIND of those things. What made me most satisfied was the fact that she trusted me and what I was visualizing to not only jump in with both feet, but to not doubt me or question me about how I wanted to stylize this minimalistic set.
Seeing a model shine in a way they hadn't expected to and therefor being a catalyst in a new way they see themselves is one of the reasons my job is so rewarding.
In a year full of barn weddings and boho vibes, it was a welcome change to shoot an elegantly styled winter bride. Whatever happened to jewels, dramatic veils, and intricate gowns full of tulle and lace? This gorgeous couple brought it to life and some of their images look as though they are walking on clouds. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...
All photos © Carrie Hampton Photography
Gown/Veil/Accessories: Something Old, Something New Boutique, Eagle, ID
MUAH: Beauty by Chelsea / Just Wing It
Assist: Brian Tanner
Styling/Direction/Bouquet: Carrie Hampton
I met a Anessa and her family at the park and she braved the cold and was just glowing. We did several different looks for her session, including her boyfriend and her dog in a matching scarf, now that was pretty funny. She's expecting a boy soon and I was so happy to be able to capture these moments for her.