Category Archives: photoshoots

Behind the Scenes of the Queen

Hey Guys!

So I’m back on the blog! Woo! After no less than three of the blogs that I follow started posting about keeping your blog updated, I figured it was a sign.

Spiked apples never tasted so good…

I did a shoot right at the end of the summer that was for a magazine submission, so unfortunately, we have to keep it off the web-sphere. It was centered around the latest take on Snow White, Snow White and the Huntsman. The costume design was so incredible and we knew immediately we wanted to  do a shoot based off of it.

But, as a teaser, here’s some behind the scenes:

Jennifer, my assistant, spiking away

Hair and Make-Up By the Lovely Kat!





Under the Cover of Darkness…or Light

Hey guys!

It’s been a wild ride since I started at SCAD last fall. That’s the reason I’ve been absent from the blog(s) lately, so I’m sorry about that. Either way, I’ve been swamped with shoots and have decided to showcase one of the more recent shoots with you. The project was conceived as a my Color Technique final for the quarter and was more about playing with spectrum’s of light we don’t normally play with as photographers. It was a complete experiment and I ended up having to shoot this three different times.  Yikes!

The first time I shot this I ordered an industrial 400 watt blacklight to work with. Considering the average Spencer’s bulb is 25-40 watts, that’s a lot of power. We got everything set up and my assistant Jessica was setting up the light. It never turned on.

We waited two and a half hours for the thing to turn on. By that time, the models were there and were getting fitted for the clothes so we were down to one option: run out and get Spencer’s lights.  That’s what we did! We ended up purchasing four lights to make this all work.


Just goes to show you can’t pre-plan everything.


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Photoshoot: Trashed

I got this idea over the summer and worked on it with the lovely Sera Rose and Kayla Fenwick, both people I’ve never worked with before.  My friend Jennifer Weightman was my assistant. Kayla was such a fantastic MUA and I really hope to work with her again. Sera was fantastic as well, a great poser and totally wiling to lie in gull poop, go swimming, wear dresses that were falling apart. Jen was hilarious and really helpful. It makes it so much easier when you have an assistant who is also a photographer and knows what you are talking about.

The series focused around recycled fashion and how we (as consumers) can create beautiful products out of materials we use everyday. The black dress is made completely from contractor bags swiped from (empty) construction sites. Took me approximately…..three days, including patterning for the top, a muslin, and finished ruffles/pleating and five contractor bags. The white dress is made from (clean) kitchen trash bags and Target bags. That took me two days. Fairly easy, just started cutting away what I didn’t want and figuring out a shape.

[c] AydensGrace Photography 2011

This was one of the first shots of the day. At this point, only the pleating at the top of the dress was starting to come undone, so it wasn’t too bad. I hadn’t really thought about how the pleats would come apart when I made the dress so it was interesting to see where my craftsmanship was the poorest. The skirt is huge, approximately….four feet of train? I got really inspired by a shot of Kiera Knightly by Vogue in Africa, where they had her in a ruffled linen skirt. So beautiful!

[c] AydensGrace Photography 2011

Towards the end I decided to risk everything and put my precious baby as close to the water as possible without getting wet. O.O So much worry. I used the Live View mode in my camera (thank god) to make sure that the composition was how I wanted it. Thank you Nikon for inventing and then including that on pro-DSLR’s.

This was the second outfit and the shot was done within the first dozen frames or so. Really love Sera in this, she’s so fantastic! It kinda reminds me of a jewelry ad I saw in a magazine once. Meh. I don’t really remember. So much post production in this though. Somehow, between color editing in Lightroom and then moving over to Photoshop for retouching the color profile got screwed up and so I ended up with a very green, very sickly looking image when I finished and tried to put it into JPG format. Four processes later I figured out the problem (sRGB color configuration vs. ProPhoto/Adobe 1998) and now I have this! (Irefusetotouchthisagain)

One of the last images from the day. We lost the sun for an hour or so and this was one of the moments where it was peeking out for .45 seconds. I had Jen on sun spot. She would yell when she saw it, we’d swim over to the point and try to snap some frames in before it dissipated again. Working against light + wrap time + sun = NOT EASY. But it was fun and the image was beautiful. Again, another image that got color corrupted between LR and PS so it took me five edits before I figure out the problem(s) (Two, one with the color profile and one with the working space). Still not exactly sure what went wrong seeing as how I used the same processes for the top two images as these two, but eh, as long as I can fix it I’m happy.

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Spontaneous Photoshoot

I had a spontaneous photoshoot with fellow shutterbug Jennifer. She and I went to high school together and were in the same AP Studio class. She has the most amazing photography and we’ve been wanting to shoot together for….ever.



She also has fantastic style!

Inspiration and Making It Your Own

So, I recently did a test shoot based off of several of my favorite photographers. It got me thinking about my readers and how photographers (whether amateur or otherwise) might be interested in how to take inspiration from great photographers and then turn it into something that is uniquely theirs and no-one elses. Without further ado, the post.

The fabric test shoot really came to being when I was introduced to Solve Sundsbo’s work called ‘The Ghosts of Fashion’. A  lot of the work I collect on my hard drive is great work but every now and then I get a piece I absolutely love and this was one of those sets.The way the fabric moves across the model, the exquisite draping…it all makes for a great photograph. I knew instantly that I wanted to create a work that embodied that movement and now I just needed to make it my own.

One of the ways I do this is by pulling from other photographers. Zhang Jingna’s work was pulled from my hard drive into an ‘Inspiration Folder’ that I have for every shoot–it’ll have everything from my mood boards, to my sketches of final results, and photographs from other photographers but sometimes it’s as little as a single photograph and a color.

(Above: Solve Sundsbo’s Ghosts of Fashion)


It’s like tracing, for me. I trace the original image, then, I trace the traced copy, and then again and again until what I have looks beautiful in it’s own right, may be similar to the original, but stands on it’s own. That’s the way this process works, you build and build and build–when your a pro, or working on a large shoot it’ll be building on the make-up artist, the content editor, the designer, the client, the art director, ect.’s ideas–and then you end up with an original piece. Of course, it’s always nice to credit the original piece–but that may not always be possible.

Clarification time, this post, in no means, is supporting the copying of someone else’s work. It’s wrong and it doesn’t mean that your ‘inspired’ by them whatsoever. Turning someone’s color photograph into a black and white, or vice versa, doing some small post-production editing or even large scale production, doesn’t count. If it’s copyrighted, if it’s taken by someone else, then it’s not yours to mess with.

(Redemption by Zhang Jingna)

(Prelude by Zhang Jingna)

So by this point, you should be able to see where I am referring to when I reference the above images. After I have the images in my mind, it all comes down to getting the model, the make-up artist, my assistant and myself to work together to create the final product. I was really interested in doing something with a royal blue and I also wanted a soft fabric with a lot of movement. After looking through dozens of yards of fabrics at Jo Ann’s I selected a navy chiffon. It moved really well when I unrolled it. For this shoot, I also knew that I was going to need a large amount of fabric and I ended up with 9 3/4 yards of fabric. When we started with the shoot, Jacob (my assistant) and I were playing with it and discovered that we need to cut the fabric into two parts for greater movement. It kept getting stuck around our legs otherwise!

The results from the shoot are below:

New Photoshoots

Ah, It’s been forever since I’ve posted work here. So I’m treating you:

(A new self-portrait)

(Actor Jacob Stewart)

Life Sucks…

….In more ways then one.

What gives people the right to think that its okay to take and manipulate your images in any way they want, without permission ?

Especially if they are people with whom you’ve worked.

What gives people the idea that if they don’t like the way an image is, then they can consult me on it?

Basically: If you hire me, and don’t like my style. Tell me, get over it, don’t manipulate my images and then act like you didn’t do anything.


Backlog: Behind The Scenes of Smitten

Some behind the scenes for the Smitten Shoot Dec. 6th

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Smitten Shoot

Had a shoot with designer Leah Bloomfield and Kathy Vales, you can find Leah over at

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Wouldn’t life be great if we never had to sleep? Think of how much we could get done! MWHAHAHAHAHAHA!

It’s a great concept.

Anyways, I have two fantastic shoots coming up: one, I’ve started casting on MM for my Celtic Warrior shoot in Feb. I have a male model coming in, and I’m nervous about that! It will be the first time I’ve worked with a guy, so I’m excited, but really nervous. The second shoot is a couture wedding shoot that I was booked for. That also should be happening in Feb. I’ve got the lovely Jacob Stewart doing hair and helping with makeup for both shoots.

For Christmas, I finally got my beloved Joey Lawrence Training DVD, YAY! I’m skirting through it briefly tonight before starting to edit some old images just to see how it works. I’ll post the results here later on.