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a lesson in portraits

There is something about shooting for yourself; plenty of freedom to experiment without the pressure. I think it’s important for photographers to do so and I think it’s something I need to do more of.

Last week, I had the opportunity to document a gorgeous, skillfully and lovingly crafted styled shoot at East Van Studios. Amy of All & Sundry Collective coordinated the affair and invited me to shoot and in preparation for this, I called on my sister. For the most part, I’m accustomed to photographing couples/weddings in various elements, but not often do I find myself in a studio space. I like to draw inspiration and creativity from natural environments, so to shoot with a blank canvas is a challenge…a good challenge. My goal is to always push myself and my work and this was one way I could do so.

My newly engaged sister Whitney, and her pretty face, helped me warm up. I’ve always been drawn to clean portraits and the beautiful simplicity of them and especially after this quick shoot, I think I’ll be experimenting a little more with those in mind…as for the styled shoot, I look forward to sharing as soon as I can!


  • Meredith Sledge - March 11, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    THESE ARE SO WONDERFUL! Wow! You have a beautiful sister!ReplyCancel

  • Capitan popitecus - March 11, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    She is so beautiful, I’ve always dreamed of getting married with a gorgeous girl like your sister!… Your sister’s fiancĂ© is the luckiest man in the world. Good job Mikaela. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Falcon - March 13, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    These are some of my most favorite photos of yours–the color palette is absolutely gorgeous. And on a side note I love your sister’s lipstick color! :)ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Schroeder - March 19, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    What a stunner! Beautiful portraits.ReplyCancel

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