I’m at the point in my career where I can charge a decent amount of money for the creative services that I provide. I’m usually the one generating proposals and quotes. I’m trying to figure out how to be profitable while still serving our perfect client (not corporations).
But I get bored really fast when it becomes a formula or when I’m working on “safe” design or photography work. I need a good balance of confidence and insecurity. I need to take on work that scares me and challenges me. When I do that, I actually end up challenging myself in the “safer” projects. It’s like a cycle. A really good cycle.
I’m in that stage right now and it feels good in a “oh shit I hope I can do this” sort of way.
I was shooting non-stop last month for our Death to Stock trip. I got tired of lugging my DSLR around and haven’t really touched it in a few weeks besides full day client shoots. It makes me sad and am thinking about buying a smaller camera for everyday life with friends, family and at our studio. Something like this or this. Snapchat has made me realize I miss those “home videos” as documentation. PS my username is pallieaa (like paella but not).
Here’s a random assortment of shoots from the last month or so. Shoots for Allium, Earnest Home Co., The Cleaver Group, Core Ohio, Edna Valley and an impromptu morning shoot in San Diego with Vanessa!
We spent last week in Minneapolis/St. Paul (mostly Minneapolis) and really crushed hard on the Twin Cities (capitalized?). We stayed downtown with our awesome friend Grant, but the awesome weather didn’t really show up until the last afternoon.
This summer I will have lived in Columbus, Ohio for SIX years. The last few years have flown by and the more we travel, the more I appreciate this fine city. We started off in the suburbs (blech), lived close to campus (oye) but finally settled in the Grandview area almost four years ago. We’ve experienced blizzards, negative temps, crazy OSU fans and the Doo Dah Parade. We’ve considered moving somewhere warmer (or with fewer allergens) a million times. And yet here we are. It’s home.
I love portraiture. I love documenting people the way they see themselves (or help them understand how beautiful they really are). I had a client the other day say, “I want to look at a photo and see what I see when I look in a mirror.” It’s a challenge. We’ve all been there. “Is that what I look like?”
Since I’m an introvert, I actually really love shooting portraits. I can sit and talk one-on-one with the camera resting in my hand. I can say things that encourage and I’m able to manipulate the light and the body to make people look their best. I’m not a pro by any means, but it all intrigues me so.
It wasn’t until my late 20’s that I became really content in how I look in photographs. Not in a “Oh my gosh look how amazing I look” sort of way. But more in a “That is me. I love myself and how I look. I’ve experienced life and I’m proud of that person.”
Throughout this year, I hope to form a unique experience for other women. I want them to see a photo of themselves and say, “Yes that’s me!” Not because we’re tricking anyone or the camera but because we’re confident in who we are. It will be a relaxing experience. One filled with coffee/tea, music and deep conversation. I’m also excited to include printed portraits in these packages, too.
If you’re local (or within a few hours of Columbus), email me. Maybe we can book a session.
Hello. My name is Allie and I’m breaking up with winter. I know I just blogged about how I love winter and that it’s perfect for my introverted self but I take it back. I’ve discovered that I hate shivering when I get out of the shower and I don’t particularly love the drafts coming through the cracks in my door when it’s -8 degrees. I never want to leave the house and I just eat french fries to ease the pain. I can be by myself in the warmth. A snowy, cold winter is amazing leading up to Christmas but nothing longer…
The photo above is me arriving in Florida and feeling the sun hit my face. Heart exploding.
…you shoot with artificial light. This is the first year that I started shooting with studio lights. I started incorporating them into product photography to get the sharp look I was trying to achieve. Then November hit and the temps in Ohio dropped to 8 degrees and I realized that if I want to push myself while continuing to shoot portraits then I needed to jump into studio lighting for people. Our warehouse has garage doors that I can open for natural light but damn that’s cold. We have talked about investing in glass doors sometime in the future but since we don’t have a definite timeline on that, strobes it was! This weekend was my first run at studio lighting and I’m excited to keep experimenting, learning + growing.
I was considered an artist and a painter most of my childhood (into my teens). In college and up until this year, I was called a designer. The other day Adam called me a photographer and I kind of freaked out. I’m not sure if any of you can relate but it’s been a transition this year. Over half of our income has come from photography and it sometimes it’s just weird. Am I weird?
I live in Ohio and we (generally) have four solid seasons throughout the year. I grew up in Illinois and so the landscape tends to be quite the same but just a bit more flat. For the last 27 years of my life, I’ve been romanced by each season and it never gets old. Isn’t that funny? I never tire of the humid summers, the spring rain, the crisp autumn air or the dark, bleak winter. Never.
Things like sweater weather, pumpkin spiced lattes, boots and bonfires become “typical” and worthy of an eye roll.
But guess what? We should all do what makes us smile. A little siesta during the day to get a flavored coffee doesn’t make you typical. You know what makes us typical? Needing a little siesta at a Starbucks because we’re working 24/7 or denying ourselves self-care.
So figure out what makes you smile during the day and DO THAT. It will become a habit. And those habits are the best.
I only blogged once last week because it was THE WEEK OF PHOTOSHOOTS! It was pretty rad but (as an introvert) I’m excited for a pretty chill week this week! Up above you can see some behind the scene looks from the shoots:
- 12-hour photo and video shoot for Ecco Domani on Tuesday. I project managed and planned the entire day! We hired a mixologist to create 9 original winetails (cocktails with a wine focus), we filmed how-to videos for 7 of the winetails and photographed the complete list of 15! It was pretty amazing. Two of the clients flew out to Columbus from LA and we finally got to meet in person. It was so fun.
- Fit Food shoot for their new fall menu on Friday. Think deep colors, moody vibes and comfort food. Plus how amazing is the new container they might use for salads?
- Then on Saturday I shot a wedding in Hocking Hills! It was muggy, humid but BEAUTIFUL. It didn’t rain so it was fine by me. Excited to show more photos from the day later…
- + not pictured…gearing up for September 2nd’s Death to Stock pack drop!