When I was studying photography at UT Arlington, I was exposed to a lot of different types of photo shoots, ranging from fashion to documentary. Shoots that always stood out to me were always the ‘Trash The Dress’ shoots. I love the idea of taking something that is pristine and meticulously taken care of and altering it to such an unusual degree, such as using paint.
This particular photo shoot was definitely a deviation from what I am normally comfortable shooting. I am not very familiar working with studio lighting, so this was a great experience for me to be able to see the behind the scenes work of what goes into lighting for an editorial shoot like this. There really is such a huge learning curve when it comes to studio lighting and I feel as if I am slowly beginning to get the hang of it (emphasis on slow…). It was also helpful being able to watch Kristin vocalize to Bryana what she was wanting to accomplish from a posing and art direction standpoint and watching Andy set up lighting (I learn a lot by watching and doing).
The venue was an amazing place to photograph. The McKinney Cotton Mill has a lot of different vignettes for photographing. The Mill has this amazing interior space with beautiful light flooding in from the windows that line the walls. One also has the option of going outside where there is an amazing bricked courtyard with an abandoned architectural feel
Below are some of the images that I took of Bryana.
This was a great learning experience for me and I was so thrilled that I was able to be a part of such an exciting photo shoot featuring Bryana and her daughter, Kali.