Shelby is one of my dear friends, and when she asked if I could photograph her for some new head shots for her website and blog, I couldn't say yes fast enough. She is the photographer and inspiration behind Shelby Tsika Photography, and her passion for her sweet clients and food and product photography constantly blows me away. I met Shelby a couple of years ago now (even though it feels like a lifetime at this point), and we connected over our mutual love for photography, our high school sweetheart love stories, and our introverted nature. Funny thing about being an introvert, you're drawn to other ones and when you find the right one, I'm pretty sure you can talk endlessly with them about anything and everything. Shelby is definitely one of those people for me. Her openness, kind nature, and sweet soul make her one of my favorite people, and I'm so thankful to have met her through an amazing creative community. Here are some of my favorites from her session at The West Studios in Houston!
College Station Portrait Photographer
Haley is a friend of mine, a wonderful registered dietitian, owner of INSPIRD Nutrition, and an amazing cook! I was so honored when she asked me if I would take some professional portraits of her while she was down in Texas visiting family. I absolutely love her purpose behind her business, "Helping people find their definition of healthy." We are all different, but we can all strive to be healthy and live a lifestyle that allows you to love yourself for who you are! If you're in the Pittsburgh, PA area, or even just looking for yummy recipes, be sure to take a look at her website for encouragement, advise, and inspiration! You can find Haley at inspirdnutrition.com.
I had so much fun with Shelby during her portrait session. We met up for coffee before planning everything out and talked about life, photography, and everything in between. I really love getting to know other creatives in this crazy industry. It's so easy to start doubting yourself or comparing yourself to the success of others, and I'm a true believer in community over competition. If we all lift each other up, rather than pushing each other down, we can create a growing and thriving community that's a place where people can feel comfortable being the person they are and be a successful business owner in the process. You can see Shelby's awesome work over at www.shelbytsikaphotography.com. I can't wait to do my own session with Shelby really soon!
If you've been following my journey in photography for a while, you'll know I started shooting film here and there last spring, and most recently I purchased my very first medium format film camera. Before that camera came in, I went on a bit of a photo adventure when my good friend Meredith at a local park that's one of my favorites. I only brought my 35mm film camera to force myself to be confident and shoot with film, not digital. It's a scary thing, film. You've got to trust your skills because there's no display screen to tell you what you're doing wrong. Throughout this next year and beyond, I plan on offering sessions shot entirely in film. I don't think it's something I want to start implementing in my wedding work quite yet because wedding days vary sooo much.
But, enough about that! Here are some photos from my "mini session" out with Meredith in January. I was giving her the in's and out's of shooting a camera in manual, and she was kind enough to do a little modeling for me to practice my film skills. What a fun day it was!
Canon EOS 1V | Kodak Portra 400 | Scanned by The FIND Lab