It’s that time of the year again, to reflect back on 2016’s experiences and work of my photography career. I found this year as mostly rewarding of previous years hard work and finding my way in the industry. It's one thing to pick up a camera, but it's a whole other world to establish themselves as an accomplished and successful photographer within their community and that is where I found myself in 2016. With shooting more of the Artist fine portrait series that I started exploring last year, I witnessed it grow and carry over to client work. From bridal portraits and to headshots, this editorial infused style has been firmly implemented into my brand. I must admit, I could not be happier with these results, furthermore, seeing the clients faces, and reading their words has never been more rewarding. Whether they are hiring me to create art that will be hung on the wall, personal branding portraits to be used on blogs or headshots to be used in their campaigns, my goal is to capture their absolute best in not just a session but a memorable experience. Now with my horizons broadening even further, 2017 is starting to look very bright straight out of the gates!
2016 was also a good year for creative growth as well, but it did not come without challenging myself. , At one point I felt like I had reached a creative plateau, as if certain elements of my work had simply leveled out. So in order to overcome this, I set out to push my knowledge and skill set to the next level. The first challenge to myself was to master new lighting techniques, generally I would either shoot all natural light or use one or two lights in the studio. Recognizing that I set out to mixing ambient and artificial light on rooftops with the Louisville skyline as a backdrop. Not only did I accomplish this, but our team went on to have our collaboration published in Extol Magazine, then furthermore, the image inspired the vision for an upcoming campaign I was commissioned for. Another area I felt I needed to grow in was my editing, specifically my color grading. Taking the basic elements of what color grading I knew, I expanded further by studying color theory and experimented heavily with new techniques. Given the feedback I've received from clients and peers, I'd say I've navigated that creative plateau successfully and now I'm feeling a reignited burst of drive in my work.
Probably one of my most memorable experiences from this past year was collaborating with North American Hair Styling Awards winners Matthew Tyldesley and Isidro Valencia along with Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev and talented designer Tyler Grube. Together we created "American Fleur" a floral inspired editorial consisting of four different looks at two vivid locations, The Hub Louisville and the historic Yew Dell Gardens. However, I will be the first admit, our images alone could not tell our story, so thankfully we had Antonio Pantoja, a highly regarded videographer for an in depth look at our story. His video, which can be seen here, goes on tell the prepartation, work and positive engergy that surrounded us that day. It was truly a blessing to have him take a day out of his busy schedule and collaborate with us on American Fleur.
Although I have several other exciting stories I wish to tell you about as well, I think it's time we get to the the remainder of my yearly review as told through my photography. I wish to thank all of my awesome clients and followers, it is the love of the art that drives my passion for this and each of you help me recognize that my passion has value in your eyes. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and most of all... May the Force be with you!
What's coming in 2017?
KMAC Couture V
The Valiant Pastiche Collection