Azalia got in touch with me about shooting her graduation invitation photos, and I was more than happy to help. And who can say no to a paying gig haha. Previously, I’ve only shot with Azalia during the Bryn Mawr Class of 2018 photoshoot last spring, which was crazy because there were many people to shoot and only one of me, so working one-on-one was a nice change of pace.
Azalia and I caught up over breakfast and planned for the shoot. I remember thinking, damn this is early to be thinking about graduation invitations! But Azalia had very good reasoning behind it. The weather would only get cooler from here, which would be uncomfortable to shoot in, and when it started to warm up again, it would be too close to graduation and too hectic to try to pull together. So we scheduled our shoot for the first Monday of fall break.
Campus is so beautiful in autumn (I did a shoot myself with some friends last fall break!). Azalia chose a great time for the shoot. I remember that when we were doing our class of 2018 photoshoot last spring, it felt like campus was still recovering from winter–muddy puddles and dry branches everywhere. But for this shoot, the air was crisp and the grass was lush. Not many leaves turned yet, but that was okay.
I love the photo two photos above! I love the moody edit, Rhoads’ beautiful architecture in the background, the wind blowing in Azalia’s face just so, the subtle chin tilt. (Maybe too moody for graduation invitations but I still love it.) We were able to try so many different things at multiple locations on campus. I prefer working one-on-one so much more than group photoshoots ahhhh!
Azalia was such a joy to work with, and I really appreciate how playful she was with modeling! She definitely had a lot of fun with it, which made it super fun for me too. I’ve collaborated with a few fashion bloggers before to shoot looks for them, but I think many people get too much in their own heads, especially when they’re thinking about how to show off their outfits best, and for some, how to sell products. But I think the most important part is serving personality. Azalia gave me so much variety to work with and would switch from sweet and playful to prim and proper to strong and fierce just like that.
If you’re a Mawrter reading this and looking to hire a photographer, hit me up! You can check out more of my photoshoots here.