4 Photographers + 1 Model
When I first watched Jessica Kobeissi's 4 Photographers Shoot One Model Challenge video, I was immediately inspired to collect a few of Bozeman's best photographers and go out to explore and play. For my first episode in this series, I included Allison of Capturing His Creation Photography, Sarah of Notarius Photography, and Susan Beth from Elements of Light Photography. From light and airy, to dark and moody, we are all portrait and wedding photographers. We each have our own unique way of telling a story. There is no right or wrong way to do this. That's the beauty of art!
Each photographer was responsible for one location and one outfit for our model. Sarah Bates has such an incredibly diverse modeling portfolio, so I knew she would be the perfect subject to photograph for this challenge. From bridal to street fashion, she can literally rock anything!
We set out to our first location that I chose which was a local greenhouse. I paired this light and bright location with an ivory lace bodysuit and soft blush tulle skirt for an ethereal look. Everything in the greenhouse was so beautiful, however, I was so overwhelmed with the amount of color and options to place Sarah. We each had 10 minutes of shooting time which made it quite a challenge to collect our ideas and thoughts to create the perfect images. Everyone else was shooting with the cool as a cucumber, NBD attitude. Me on the other hand... Basically my whole ten minutes was just spent yelling, "THIS IS SO STRESSFUL OMG!"
Susan Beth's urban outfit and grungy location was up next. This location was packed with character and color. The garage was personally my most challenging location. If Susan Beth hadn't brought us here, I don't think I would have ever thought to shoot at this type of loaction. I'm so glad we did! It reminded me that as photographers, we always tend to shoot wherever that suits our editing style best. It makes sense, but we need to remember to keep stretching ourselves for our clients. Try something new, and never stop educating yourself. You might discover something amazing!
Up next was Allison's river access location with a stunning view of the Bridger Mountains. She had Sarah wear an effortless bohemian look. Even though it was pouring rain by this time, the sky looked incredible. The moody clouds were rolling over the valley as the last bit of the day's sunlight peeked through, casting the perfect shadows on Sarah's face.
We headed to Sarah's location which was our last stop of the day. She brought a gorgeous flowy dress and placed a matching flower crown on Sarah's head. Behind the scenes, these ladies were absolute troopers in the pouring rain! Our gear was soaking wet, our model was freezing, and the sky was thundering. Even though this was the most challenging time of the day, the photos turned out amazing. This is the total reality of a wedding day. Rain or shine, we still have to give it our 100% and capture the day.
At the end of the day, it was so cool to see everyones unique eye for photography. We all see the beauty in our subjects differently, and that's why I thought this series would be so interesting. I left this challenge with new friends, great images, and a refreshed mind.
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