Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Sun and The Moon, Fashion Photoshooot

I am so excited to share this new work with you all!

I have been using my 50mm a lot lately, instead of my 24-70mm that I usually use, and the softer images are really resonating with me. One of my favorite parts about this shoot, is that I was actually able to capture my model, AND the moon! How cool is that?

I love the coolness of the post-sunset images, in contrast with the warm sunset images, and the way the intense and warm makeup plays so well with both types of light. Our makeup artist, Monica Estrada Saldana, killed it with the bright colors, and Katelynn was the perfect model for this shoot.

Can you believe this was Katelynn's first time modeling?!?!?!?!

I can't either! She is a total natural, and I can't wait to shoot with her, again.

Mikailee Alton always makes impeccable clothing, and this dress is as beautiful as ever.

Lastly, here's a shout-out to Veronica, for the flower headpiece; I hope I did it justice, and the photos make you happy. You were there with us in spirit.

ENJOY! ( please click to see bigger, it's worth it)






Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Lacheta!

I'm back with another wedding, folks!

Congratulations to Nathan and Rachel Lacheta! They got married at the sweetest little place in Spicewood, Texas- Stonehouse Vineyard. This was the perfect place for a small, intimate, brunch wedding. Not only was the vineyard itself beautiful, but I saw at least three peacocks roaming about, adding a certain ambiance to the venue. And the wine? Delicious! I tasted a few, while scouting the location with my bride, and ended up taking home a bottle of the Cabernet, it was so good.

Anyway, though I'm just now posting these, this wedding took place last month, during ALL. OF. THAT. RAIN. we had. Also, it took place from 11:00am to 1:00pm. So, as my fellow photographers can only imagine, I spent the week prior to the wedding beseeching Jesus for a day that was cloudy (bc we all know the sun, at noonish, is NOT our friend), but praying, also, for it not to rain. To my absolute delight, He complied- making my job so much easier!

Here is a peek into their day.












Sunday, May 15, 2016

Top 5 Wedding Photography Tips for Brides and Grooms

Recently, I had someone ask me what my wedding photography looked like. My style is pretty edgy when I am shooting fashion and portraits, and they were curious if my wedding photography was the same way. They wanted a softer look.

My answer?

When I shoot weddings, I shoot a LOT softer, and a lot more natural. I don't do a lot of editing, because I want your photos to reflect the true nature of the day. I also don't do a lot of editing or put a lot of filters, or follow current editing "trends," because I don't want you to look back one day and think, "ARGH! These are SO 2016! Look at that editing, haha!"

Let's leave those kind of comments for your wardrobe, hair and makeup. ;D

All joking aside, though, while your look might be outdated at some point, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your wedding photos will always look amazing.


Top Five Wedding Photography Tips for Brides and Grooms:

1. Light matters. If you choose to be photographed getting ready, choose to get ready in a room that is large, well lit, and free of clutter. If possible, choose a room that is lit with lots of beautiful natural sunlight. The same goes for your ceremony- choose a venue that is well lit. Lots of natural light is always best! Natural light does not have the icky yellow or green hues of some indoor bulbs, chandeliers, etc. Also, natural light eliminates the need for flash, which can be distracting during the ceremony, as well as cause undesirable shadows.  
If your ceremony is outdoors, choose to have your ceremony just after sunrise, or just before sunset, when the light is nice and soft- not too harsh. Harsh sunlight blows out backgrounds, and creates undesirable shadows on, and under the face.

2. Consider having an "unplugged" ceremony, by politely asking your guests to set down their cameras, cell phones, ipads, and other electronic devices while you exchange vows. This will allow them to fully appreciate the moment! It will also ensure that instead of seeing a bunch of ugly devices in your photographs, we see the beaming faces of your happy guests. Additionally, it makes it so much easier for us professionals to get the best shots, without tripping over Uncle Al, whose intentions are best, even though he is standing right where we need to be.

3. Make that kiss last! You wouldn't believe how many times nerves get the best of people on their wedding day, and they go in for that moment we've all been waiting for.... and peck. Pecks happen in a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a second. They are so hard to catch! So, take a deep breath, and try and hold your kiss for at least two Mississippis. This will give us plenty of time to capture the moment. The same goes for the bouquet and garter tosses.
 

4. Light up the dance floor. So often, receptions take place in very very dark places. While the DJ's spotlights and strobes are way cool, they sometimes create funky colors and shadows where you don't want them. Also, there are times when the strobes aren't flashing, and it's difficult to see you in the dark. Ambient light will keep us from playing hide and seek, so that when you lean into each other for that special moment, we won't miss it.

5. Share your secrets. We love it when you sneak in a high five before your kiss, or you send a surprise goat down the aisle with your rings, or you present each other with something special... but we want to be ready for it! Those little moments truly make your wedding unique, and we don't want to miss them. So tell us your secrets... we can keep them!


OH, and you didn't think I was going to let you leave without seeing photo, did you???? Here are some photos of Sarah and Towne, that are not yet on my site (click photo to see larger). For more photos and weddings, please visit www.crowderweddings.weebly.com. ENJOY!



Friday, April 8, 2016

So, what am I doing?

Since I promised to be a better blogger, I figured I'd better make my way over to this site, and write something. It's difficult keeping up with the blog, when I don't have a lot of new work to show, but I want you to know that I AM working... I'm just taking a little bit longer with each shoot.

Ok. A LOT longer.

 It took me a few years to get the fashion out of my system, but I finally did (did I really just say that?). OF course, I still love it, and always will, but for the last few years something has been missing from my art... something personal.

For the first time in a long time, I am making work that is solely from me.

So, what am I doing?

Right now I am working on building sets and installations with my own hands, and then photographing them for the final piece. The series that I am currently working on centers around a handmade white wooden box, large enough for a person (or perhaps a few persons) to fit inside. This body of work, titled "Walls," deals with the idea of self, in space, using repetition, multiples, and many or much.

I think I am going to keep this project under wraps as I continue it, however, I'd like to share the first two images, so that you can see what I'm up to. As I move forward with more pieces, I will keep you involved by sharing "making of" videos or photographs. However, you'll have to stay connected, to find out when and where the series will be unveiled (and I hope you do!).


I'm sure that most of you have seen this first image, Snag, which was shown recently at Bihl Haus Arts, as part of the On and Off Fredericksburg Studio Tour (or you may have seen it on Facebook!).


This is the first time I am sharing the second photograph in the series, Biography.


I am currently working on the third installation in the series. Here is a little sneak peek of what is going on in my studio right now. All I have to say so far on this is "Thank goodness I'm not superstitious!"


If you'd like to follow this project and/or stay connected, please enter your email in the box at the top right of this blog. This will notify you by email when I create a new post. For inquiries, etc. please email me at jennifer@stretchphotos.net.

Thanks!


Friday, March 25, 2016

Head in the Clouds

So, I'm talking with my Mom the other day, and I say "I should blog that!" to which she promptly replies "You are the worst blogger, ever."

Sad, but true. Ok, maybe not THE worst, but I'm really, really bad. I keep saying I'm going to do better about it, but the truth is, I probably won't. I have a tendency to (when I'm not changing a diaper, wiping a snotty nose, or swinging my baby through the air, while singing some ridiculous made-up song about dinosaurs and popsicles) be a daydreamer. Seriously, sometimes I just sort of "come to" and wonder what the heck I was thinking about while I was staring off to space (hopefully not in public).

Perhaps I need a nap.

Or, perhaps, like these artists and art aficionados, I simply have my head in the clouds.

Here is a huge "THANK YOU!" to everyone who stopped by for open studios the other day! I am so glad that so many of you were willing to participate in the fun. Also, I love talking about art and ideas, and really just getting to know you (those of you who have stopped by more than once). Please continue to do so!





Monday, September 7, 2015

Weirdism


 “Weirdism is definitely the cornerstone of many an artist's career.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Guys and Gals!

This is seriously  THE FUNNEST SHOOT I have ever done.

I absolutely love being silly and weird, and I had the PERFECT team for this project.

I want to be totally honest here, and admit something, in hopes of showing just how invaluable a great team is;

I don't always "like" the hair and makeup.

In fact, sometimes I am looking at the model before we start shooting, and I am thinking, this is not going to work. But I have to remind myself; I am not a makeup artist. I am not a hairstylist.

I have to TRUST my team.

So, even though I think the makeup is "messy," or the hair is "so stiff" I take that first test photo, anyway... and I'm WOWed! I mean, these people do what they do because they know what they are doing, right?

THIS is why you hire professionals! They know what is going to look good ON CAMERA.

There was a time in my life when I needed to control everything. A time when I was not able to work well in teams. I time when everything had to be done "my way, or the highway." Whew, so glad those days are over! If I always did everything my way, everything would always look the same. The best photos come from the kinds of photoshoots where everyone has a little input, and everyone gets to bring some part of their self, their creativity, their art to the table. This includes the model... because without a model who can bring great vision to life, it just lies flat.

Mathilde was the perfect model for this shoot, because she wasn't afraid to give us what we were asking for. She wasn't afraid to be "not pretty," as so many models are. She trusted the team as much as I did, and she WORKED that crazy makeup and those crazy wigs! I just love her!

Seriously, y'all.

This shoot makes me incredible happy.

Just try and look at these photos and NOT smile.
Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz



Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz
Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz
Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz

Model: Mathilde Hergott
Makeup: Susan Ward Brooks
Hair: Fabian Alejandro Diaz







Friday, September 4, 2015

La Queule Noir


This is Macy... and let me tell you, she knows how to turn it on, for the camera! I love that she is silly and fun while we are getting ready, and even between shots, but when I pick my camera up... she is all business.

SEXY business! Just look!

Model: Macy Chanel Mayfield
Makeup: Sierra Scerato
I definitely recommend her, if you are looking for a model. In fact, I can't wait to work with her, again!

Of course, Sierra did do a superb job on her hair and makeup, too. Macy is naturally beautiful, but Sierra has made her smoking hot, here! If you need to be beautified, you should definitely check out Sierra at Hair-Refinery Studio. It's a bonus that she does both hair AND makeup, and is so great at both of them!

This is seriously one of the best teams I have ever worked with. Everything is on point skill-wise,  and everyone was loose enough to try something new. Trying new things really gets that creativity flowing... and when you have that, you get magic!

Model: Macy Chanel Mayfield
Makeup:Sierra Scerato