Thursday, March 29, 2012

Elle's Sneak Peek {Part 2}

Before we get started... if you missed Part 1 of Elle's Sneak Peek, you can find it here.

I wanted to do something different for the second half of Elle's session, so I contacted the manager of a mansion here in Phoenix to find out if they allowed photos to be taken there.  I was expecting him to tell me no, but was stunned to learn that they do allow photos as long as it doesn't interrupt their business.  So we scheduled the session on a day they are closed to the public, and the manager opened the mansion for two hours and allowed us to wander through it and take photos!

If you've been a reader for a while, then I'm sure you've realized by now that I always take my photos outside.  I do this because I prefer natural light photography, meaning I do not use a flash.  So, the light in my photos comes from the environment I am shooting in.  Outside the light is "predictable" meaning, I know what to expect.  However, shooting inside is an entirely different story!  So, I was excited but nervous to try my hand at some inside shots, using my new lens.  I really wanted to give it a good test to see how it did, and overall I was pleasantly surprised.

Since this session was full of firsts for me, starting with the fact that I've never photographed a two part session, and cruising right on through to the inside photos that I rarely take.  I decided to keep with the theme, and post Elle's entire Sneak Peek in black and white.  So many of these images were just crying out to be in black and white, and I couldn't resist.  Normally I would never do this since I know clients want to see color photos, too! But since Elle already saw lots of color photos from the first half, and since she already got a peek at a few of these in color on facebook, I decided to indulge myself a little.

So, I once again give to you the stunning, Elle...

I am seriously IN LOVE with these first two photos!...



Elle bought this hat with our session in mind and I couldn't be more thrilled with how much it added to the photos. Such a great idea!...


Adorable...


I heart Elle's expression here.  She looks like she's got a really good secret, doesn't she?...


This is another of my favs...


So many of these photos of her in the grass turned out amazing, and I couldn't pick just one to post...



Again, I couldn't pick a favorite and had to post both of these, too...



Elle was an absolute dream to work with! Not only did she agree to model for me, she agreed to everything I wanted to do for both parts of our session.

Elle, I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to take your photos. It's a good thing you're moving soon or I'd have you in front of my camera every other week. :) Good luck with your new job, and I hope the future brings you a lifetime of wonderful things!

Michele Whitacre is a portrait photographer serving Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area. Visit Michele's website at michelewhitacrephotography.com. Become a fan of Michele's work on Facebook. Follow Michele's updates on Twitter.

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