The Beauty of Flowers and Succulents

Lately I have been photographing a lot of macro images, especially flowers. Flowers are coming one of my favorite things to photograph. People don’t normally see that parts of a flower that are deep in the middle or between a couple of petals. Macro photograph allows me to show everyone the unseen of a flower. Here are a few images from my macro shoots these past few months!

Catching up!

It's been almost two months since I've posted! I have lots to update you on. 
First, I've been busy working two other jobs so my photography had taken a pause for a while. I got a few photo shoots in though! 

Here are a few images from recent shoots! 


"Granger House Gala" 
Models: Adrianna Allender, Jane Dillon, Brenna Young, Kimberly Pierce, Jessilyn Chow, Mac Brown, Rion Joy
HMUAs: multiple models (they did each others makeup) 


Sara in the flowers
Model: Sara Elizabeth
Lighting assistant: Nicholas Stark


Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf
Models: Sara Elizabeth & Michael Behrensmeyer
MUA: Rebekah Tate
Photographer 1: Nicholas Stark

 

And now for the BIG NEWS!!! Haley Marie Fine Art Portraits now has a physical location for a home. Yes, that's right, I have a studio now! It became official yesterday, I should be getting the keys soon and then I will start moving my equipment and materials to the space! Once the studio is ready, I will host an open house! There will be headshot mini sessions for a discounted price, wine, snacks, free product vouchers, and contests! I hope you can join us when it's time. If not, you can always book an appointment for your own personalized styled photo shoot! 
Here are a couple photos of the space, it may be small but it is mighty and we will create great things in this space! 

Strawberry Fields

This shoot happened all because of a video of a baby in a sink with strawberries. When you see that, what would you think? "oh, what a cute baby!" Not us, we think, "let's recreate that in an adult version!" 
For this shoot I recruited a friend, Megan Hawk. 

The original idea was to use a bathtub as a milk bath, then we thought, hmm maybe we can do this outside. In comes the pool idea, after Megan's idea of using a wheel borrow since that didn't work out, turns out small child inflatable pools are hard to find. We ended up just using the small pool I have for my dogs. 

After we had the location figured out, we took some outfit ideas, props, and of course our strawberries outside to brain storm ideas.

Here is what we came up with: 

Model: Megan Hawk
Photographer: Haley Marie Fine Art Portraits
Including a macro strawberry photo

 

A Few Crazy Days!

These past couple of weeks have been so busy for me! There were a couple group shoots with other area photographers. One was at an abandoned high school and one was at an old abandoned highway with a couple bridges near a river! It can't get more all over the place than that. 

Shoot #1: APOLLO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL -- BURLINGTON, IOWA (abandoned location) 

Models: Brenna Young, Erica Ly, Jesse Hagerman, Nikki Buns, Nikki Londene, Stephanie Mellecker

 

Shoot #2: ABANDONED HIGHWAY OFF THE IOWA RIVER 

Models: Deonna Troxel, Nikki Buns 

Sunshine

It was a little bit sunny out some today but still a little cold. Tomorrow there is even snow in the forecast, then it'll start to get warmer. In the mean time, I took some macro shots of flowers we have in the house. I haven't taken macro flower photos in so long, it was nice shooting them again! 

 


Spring Equinox

I thought today was an appropriate day to post this set! Merry came to me with the idea to shoot a cute theme that had a spring and warm feel. She had made this adorable umbrella for the shoot and she wore rain boots with her outfit to finish the spring look. It was fantastic! A few days before our shoot, I looked at the weather forecast and turns out our spring shoot was being taken over by snow. It snowed a few inches that weekend but we decided to still try to get our spring look. It was a little cold and windy, but it went great and we had lots of fun talking and laughing with each other. We did accomplish what we were going for with our Spring theme, so take a look below, close your eyes, and imagine that there isn't snow on the ground in mid April here in Iowa right now. 

 

Above 60 Degrees

Today here in Eastern Iowa the temperature finally got about 60 degrees. It's been a slow, cold, and snowy April. It was nice to have a little time to be able to get outside to watch birds in my backyard. One of my passions is wildlife photography, mostly birds since I see more of them outside than anything else. Today I sat out on the deck and watched birds from Robins to Juncos fly in and onto the bird feeder. There is a squirrel that hangs around the house as well, I named him/her, Teddy. The squirrel hasn't made an appearance today however. I wanted to share with you all the photographs I got of the birds that are enjoying the weather just as much as the humans! No one tell them though that it's supposed to storm tomorrow and then get chilly again, they don't need to know.