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!
Some of you are probably wondering what you are supposed to wear/bring/rent to a contemporary portrait session. Well I'm here to tell you!
My contemporary portraiture is all about elegance and beauty. For your session, you will want to bring with you a gorgeous gown, make a nice top and skirt with some statement jewelry, or a sleek cocktail dress. We want you to feel your most beautiful, get all dolled up like you are going to a big event for the evening!
I am currently beginning my in studio wardrobe so it is best to maybe rent a piece you love or if you find something you can't live without, purchase it.
Your images capture all the beauty of you and your new outfit.
My favorite dresses to style women in are currently dressing with flare, tulle, sparkles, and anything shiny! Think the roaring 20s and the glamour of their fancy wardrobe.
Below are a couple amazon links I've found for some of my favorite contemporary looks.
Comment and tell me what your favorite styles are, or maybe find a photo of a dress you love!
A dress for a boho chic look (another favorite), simple and sweet: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019JCXFGA/?coliid=I2XIVBVMXI39OU&colid=ZCJ01PVNCIK8&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
I'm going to start writing more about the photo shoot experience you'll receive by booking a shoot at my studio!
To start, we are going to talk a little bit about one of the products I carry. It's my main product and is available in 3 different collections. The collections have different amount of matted prints included.
Welcome, the Folio Box!
The folio box is made of an eco leather, meaning it looks and feels like leather, but is not leather. So no animals were harmed in the making of your folio box! The folio boxes are all made and shipped from Italy, along with the mats and prints included in your folio collection! How awesome is that? To be able to tell someone you got professional portraits and your products are from Italy. They are made to be loved and cherished for years to come. Your ancestors deserve to have printed photos of you and you deserve to be pampered during your session.
Other products available are reveal albums, nine framed images in one single mat, and wall products! All Folio collections also include a small book with your photos from your session.
Remember, your photo session is all about YOU and what YOU want to showcase about yourself.
It's about being pampered, being a star, and being YOURSELF so I can capture it on film for you and your family.
ALL WOMEN DESERVE TO BE LOVE AND PAMPERED, so why not do it with a professional photoshoot!?
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!
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 weeks ago I teamed up with another photographer, a new hair and makeup artist, a new wardrobe stylist, another fellow photographer that made a beautiful tulle skirt, and a model I'd previously worked with before. Together, we came up with an idea to create a look that resembled Marie Antoinette and the time period.
Rebekah fluffed up Sydney's hair, powdered her face and we were ready for the wardrobe. Our first look was a gown with floral design (brought to the shoot by Rebekah), our second look was a corset and a more straight styled skirt with some fluff in the back. Our third look, we took away the skirt and added a more full tulle look to go with the corset.
We all had so much fun shooting, eating pizza, and just hanging out with one another gossiping. This is one of the best teams I've worked with so far in my editorial journey. Sydney makes photographing so simple, Rebekah had fabulous idea that went with the time period, Preston brought two beautiful backdrops that he let me photograph on as well, and Angie, Sydney's mother, she is the heart and soul of the shoot. She plans, finds wardrobe, and contributes ideas. We deemed her mother to us all during the shoot!
Thank you all for a fantastic day.
We also were published in a small independent magazine, Gilded Magazine, in their June issue. The theme they had for the month was 'Pink'.
Here are the finished images and our magazine tear sheets!
Photographer: Haley Marie Fine Art Portraits
Model: Sydney Olson-Midwest Models
HMUA: Rebekah Tate
Wardrobe (corset and skirt): Casey July of The July Studio
Tulle skirt: Andie Borden
Floral and green tone backdrops: Preston Mangnum
Our shooting mother: Angie Olson <3
Publication Tear Sheets
Behind the Scenes
This past weekend I worked a little more on my folio for the website with a friend, Eva Von Rose. We always have fun when we shoot! You might recognize her from her vibrant pink hair and our Sugar Rush photo shoot. These new images are all in black and white, so no bright pink in this set! We were wanting to channel her inner beauty of the past and old Hollywood. It's a perfect fit for what I'm going for and it's wonderful for my portfolio! We have also submitted our images to a small independent magazine. Wish us luck!
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
I'm slowly getting my new folio built for you all to see! Yesterday I had a wonderful shoot with a great friend, and it went fabulous! It is always great seeing her and I appreciate her help with my folio!
Head on over to the page, 'design your shoot', so we can get you gorgeous portraits as well! Every women deserves to be pampered and to have photos of herself!
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!
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.
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.
The first time I met Eva Von Rose, she had been looking for a photographer to shoot an idea she had, which was sprinkles. Sprinkles in a bath tub. I had done one milk bath shoot before so I was up for trying another shoot in the bath tub.
During planning, we also gained ourselves a creative director, Nicholas Stark. We planned the look we wanted and how many sprinkles we might need. She purchased the sprinkles and a few days later, I met them both for the first time at my house. That's a great way to meet people right, in your bathroom with a huge soft box? Turned out, we all got along great! Eva and Nick had previously met before. To this day we are all great friends and have done a couple other shoots together, we definitely need to plan another one soon.
Here are some photos from the day, behind the scenes, the final shots, and our tear sheets from both magazines.
Title: Sugar Rush
Model and MUA: Eva Von Rose
Creative Director: Nicholas Stark
Set published in Sarta Magazine and Elan Vital Magazine in Fall of 2017
Behind the Scenes
Image by Nicholas Stark
Image by Nicholas Stark