Nashville Portrait Photographer | Lisa Van Atta Beauty Shoot

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone has faired well this week, and will get a chance to enjoy this weekend (if you haven't started already).

A while ago I posted a behind the scenes blog of my shoot with hair and makeup artist Meko Davis, and model, Lisa Van Atta. While Meko and Lisa both have had the images for a little while, life got busy, and I haven't had a chance to share them with *you* yet. So I wanted to do that today!

Working with both Meko and Lisa was fantastic.

After working with Meko on this session, I ended up hiring her on for a session with one of my senior portrait clients, Sarah Ngo. Once again, she did a fabulous job with Sarah's hair and makeup, and I look forward to hopefully getting more opportunities to work with her in the future!

Lisa was amazing to work with as well, as she was super comfortable in front of the camera and didn't need much direction, although when direction was given, she followed through with it beautifully. She honestly made my job too easy, haha.

The idea for this session was to enable Meko to show off some of her styling skills, so we wanted to keep it super simple. Plain white background, beauty-inspired type shots, hair and makeup focused. The lighting setup was simple, and didn't change much. There were some personal artistic touches made in post on my end, but other than that, everything was pretty straightforward, which is how we wanted it to be.

Lisa told me her favorite was the set with the red lipstick. I think my favorites are a tie between those and the blue-lipped set.

Take a look and judge for yourself which are your favorites, and maybe share with us in the comments below! :)

Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Lisa Van Atta, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Lisa Van Atta, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Lisa Van Atta, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Lisa Van Atta, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Lisa Van Atta, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Lisa Van Atta, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Lisa Van Atta, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Portrait Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Lisa Van Atta, Meko Davis

If you're interested in booking Meko Davis for hair or makeup, feel free to visit her website at: www.mekodavis.com

If you would like to hire Lisa for a shoot, you can contact her at her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vanattalb

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Emily McGonigle Photography is a Nashville Portrait Photographer, and can be contacted for booking inquiries here.

Nashville Portrait Photographer | Behind the Scenes | Lisa Van-Atta Beauty Shoot

HOW DID I NOT POST THIS ALREADY?! I swear I had already posted the behind the scenes from this session, but APPARENTLY... apparently... I did not.

SO.

Here goes...

A few months ago I was contacted by Meko Davis, of Makeup By Meko, about doing a beauty-style test shoot. I was ecstatic that she had asked, because I was looking to network with more makeup and hair artists to partner with on my own session. I had checked out her body of work and it was beautiful!

It took us a little while to get together, due to some extenuating circumstances that would come up for either her or me, BUT... we finally nailed down a date and time that worked for everyone, and we made this shoot happen!

The shoot was very centered around Meko's makeup and hair stylings. It was the first session in a long time that I wasn't planning or styling, and I have to say, it was a nice little break to just let her work her magic and then apply my finishing touches with the light, camera, and post-production. :)

Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis

It was really cool getting to watch Meko work. I am always amazed at the detail makeup and hair artists go into, in order to make a look come out flawlessly. I always learn a little bit here and there as well. Hanging out with makeup artists has really helped my ability to apply my *own* makeup, haha!

Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis

Not only was Meko amazing, but so was our model, Lisa Van-Atta! There have been a few times that I have worked with models who were actually camera shy. (Can you believe that? A camera shy model? Haha). But Lisa was most certainly not one of them! Even *while* I was testing my lighting, she was giving it 100%. I honestly didn't have to direct her as much as I have some other models I've worked with, and that was also great. With Meko being so amazing, and Lisa being on her game, it was a really relaxing, kind of therapeutic in a way, shoot for me, haha.

Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis

It was such a pleasure getting to work with both Meko and Lisa! I even invited Meko back to work on a Sarah Ngo-Loose's senior portrait session with me! (She did a beautiful job on that session too, by the way). As always with my 'Behind the Scenes' blog posts, I will be following up in a little bit with a post containing finished images. So keep an eye out!

Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis
Nashville portrait photographer, Emily Mcgonigle Photography, Lisa Van-Atta, Meko Davis

If you're ever looking for a hair and makeup artist for an event or a shoot, please give Meko Davis a shout! You can find her at her website: www.mekodavis.com

And if you're a photographer or artist looking for a fabulous model, be sure to give Lisa Van-Atta a shout as well! You can find her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/vanattalb

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-Emily

Franklin Senior Portrait Photographer | Sarah | Behind The Scenes

Hello there, friends! Two blog posts in one week?! I'm on a roll! ;)

So back in November I had the pleasure of photographing Sarah Ngo for her senior portraits!

Sarah is a cheerful young lady with a lot of ambition! She's a volleyball player, coaches a younger team, and is a theatre performer.  And she is a straight up TROOPER, let me tell you... because the day of our session was not exactly a warm one... but she did fabulously none the less!

The day of Sarah's session, I met her and her family at her home, along with my hair and makeup artist for the day, Meko Davis of Makeup By Meko. I had the opportunity to work with Meko a month or so prior to Sarah's session, on a makeup-centric test shoot with model, Lisa Van Atta, that I will be posting about later on. Because of that session and getting to experience Meko's fabulous work first hand, I knew she'd do a great job with Sarah, and I was not disappointed!

Franklin and Nashville Senior Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Sarah Ngo-Loose, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Senior Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Sarah Ngo-Loose, Meko Davis

During our pre-shoot consultation, Sarah let me know that she wanted soft, luscious curls for her shoot, as well as a natural look for makeup. Meko was able to beautifully achieve what our goal was for Sarah's look, and I think everyone was pretty thrilled with the results!

Franklin and Nashville Senior Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Sarah Ngo-Loose, Meko Davis

While Sarah was getting her hair and makeup done, we chatted with her about school, volleyball, theatre, her Thanksgiving break, her plans for the coming holidays, and of course we spent some time narrowing down her adorable wardrobe selections. She had so much to choose from, and it was all so awesome, it was hard to pick out just a few outfits!

Franklin and Nashville Senior Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Sarah Ngo-Loose, Meko Davis
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Once we had Sarah's outfits narrowed down, we hashed out a plan for how were were going to attack the multiple locations we had planned for her session. It was definitely an adventure bouncing from location to location, and I was a little concerned that it would wear Sarah out, but once again she proved to be a tough gal and she kept on pushing ahead full steam until we were finally finished.

Franklin and Nashville Senior Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Sarah Ngo-Loose, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Senior Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Sarah Ngo-Loose, Meko Davis
Franklin and Nashville Senior Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Sarah Ngo-Loose, Meko Davis

At the end of Sarah's session, we found ourselves in downtown Franklin. It was freezing cold, but Sarah's step-mom, April, was very sweet and treated everyone to coffee from Starbucks, while we continued to work, so we could all keep warm!  All in all, Sarah's shoot was a successful one, despite the bitter temperatures, and it was certainly a blast working with her, her father Bao, and April!

I will be posting more finished images from Sarah's session, but for now, here is a sneak peak of one of the finished images from Sarah's session:

Franklin and Nashville Senior Photographer, Emily McGonigle Photography, Sarah Ngo-Loose, Meko Davis

If you would like information on booking a senior portrait session with me, or information on becoming a 2014 Emily McGonigle Photography Senior Model and what that program entails, please visit the contact page or email me at: emily@emilymcgonigle.com

Also, if you would like to view more of Meko Davis's work, or hire her for an event, please visit her webpage at: www.mekodavis.com