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.

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 5

This is it kiddos!  The last segment of my shoot with Alexa Poletti!  It's been a fun ride, so I figured I'd finish with a fun set! Who doesn't love comic book characters (particularly Spiderman... I know he was always one of *my* faves!) and blue haired beauties?!

Check it out! ^_^

Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti

Be sure to check out Alexa's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/AlexaPolettiOfficial and if you'd like to see her work as a *photographer*, check it out here: www.facebook.com/alexapolettiphotography

If you're interested in seeing the other parts of Alexa's shoot, check out the links below:

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 1

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 2

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 3

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 4CLICK HERE and 'like' Emily McGonigle Photography on Facebook!

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 4

After a wardrobe change, Alexa and I shot some more images in the *awesome* fog by the river!

Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti

Once again, don't forget to check out Alexa's Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/AlexaPolettiOfficial and if you'd like to see her work as a *photographer*, check it out here: www.facebook.com/alexapolettiphotography

There's one more set to come after this!  It's in a completely different setting that what we've done before, and a little more "casual fun" style.  Stay tuned! ^_^

If you're interested in seeing the other parts of Alexa's shoot, check out the links below:

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 1

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 2

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 3CLICK HERE and 'like' Emily McGonigle Photography on Facebook!

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 3

FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOG!!! And LOTS OF IT!

Here are a few images that Alexa and I did by the river, before she changed into her next outfit :)

Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti

Once again, don't forget to check out Alexa's Facebook page here:  www.facebook.com/AlexaPolettiOfficial and if you'd like to see her work as a *photographer*, check it out here:  www.facebook.com/alexapolettiphotography

-- EDIT: If you're interested in seeing the other parts of Alexa's shoot, check out the links below:

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 1

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 2

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 4CLICK HERE and 'like' Emily McGonigle Photography on Facebook!

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 2

So... I dunno why I didn't just include these four in the first batch of photos I did with Alexa.  I think that I was going to try and make the first look into 2 different ones since we added the jacket... but I ended up only pull 4 images out of that set anyway, so I could have just processed those quick and threw them in with the first group. But I didn't.

So they're getting their own blog post.  LOL

Here are 4 more images from Alexa's first look.  WITH jacket. ;)

Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti
Model Photography, Nashville, Emily McGonigle Photography, Alexa Poletti

Now, I promise the NEXT post featuring the lovely Alexa, will be TOTALLY different, haha.  We have 2 more looks in two more locations that we did.  LOTS more foggy fun to come! ;)

In the meantime, check out more of Alexa's stellar modeling work at her Facebook page (AND DON'T FORGET TO 'LIKE' IT!) at http://www.facebook.com/AlexaPolettiOfficial.  And to those of you who were unaware, she is also a pretty awesome photographer too!  Check out her photography work here:  http://www.facebook.com/alexapolettiphotography <-----DON'T FORGET TO LIKE THAT TOO!  And if you're ever in the DC area, give her a shout and book her for a shoot!

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EDIT: If you're interested in seeing the other parts of Alexa's shoot, check out the links below:

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 1

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 3

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 4CLICK HERE and 'like' Emily McGonigle Photography on Facebook!

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 1

Life has been insane. Can I just say that?

Since our move to Nashville, life has been absolutely insane.  There is a lot to figure out, a lot of work to do, and unfortunately not enough time to do it all.

That being said, I keep stealing a few moments here and there (aka. staying up until insane hours in the morning -- it's 3:32am right now) to try and get some editing done.

Because of this crazy balancing act that I'm still adjusting to, I've decided that I am going to post Alexa Poletti's images as I finish each "look", rather than waiting until the very end of the entire set, because it could be a while... haha.  (Who knew that adjusting to the move to Nashville could be so time consuming?!)

In the beginning of the year, I drove to Washington D.C. to meet and shoot with Alexa.  We did something like 4 looks in an awesome foggy location!

Here are the images from the first look that we did, in front of, what Alexa likes to call, the "Troll Cave".  XD

Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography
Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography
Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography
Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography
Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography
Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography
Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography
Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography

I can't wait to go through the rest of our shoot!  In the meantime, check out more of Alexa's work here!

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EDIT: If you're interested in seeing the other parts of Alexa's shoot, check out the links below:

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 2

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 3

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Part 4CLICK HERE and 'like' Emily McGonigle Photography on Facebook!

Model Photography | Alexa Poletti | Sneak Peak

About 2 or so months ago, I was minding my own business, multi-tasking between editing and surfing the Book of Faces, when suddenly a little red notification popped up, informing me that Alexa Poletti had posted to my wall. What she had posted to my wall was a very enthusiastic cry of, "Oh why must you live so far away!  I want to shoot with you!!!"

Little did she know, I had been wanting to shoot with *her* for a long while now, so I immediately replied with, "Psh... 3 hours?  That's not *that* far... Let's make it happen!!"

And we did.

Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography

One Sunday, in the beginning of January, I made the 3 hour trek down to Washington D.C. to meet the wonderful Alexa Poletti and do an AWESOME shoot in the thick fog that the weather decided to gift us that day.

The fog was so thick driving down to D.C., that when I crossed over a long bridge that ran over the river, it felt like I was flying in the air, because all I could see around my car were clouds.  It was at that moment I realized how epic it would be if the fog kept up throughout our shoot, and I was hoping with all my might it wouldn't dissipate by the time I arrived.

By the time I got into D.C., the fog had indeed seemed to have lifted, replaced only by cloudy skies and mist.  But, much to my delight, Alexa informed me that the locations that she had previously scouted out were close to a river, so there would probably be plenty of fog for us to play in!

And BOY did we get to play in some fog!!

Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography

It was a TON of fun shooting with Alexa!  It turns out that we have a decent amount in common, and our sense of humors are right on par with each other, so it made for some pretty fun and interesting conversation while we shot.

We did a handful of different looks that day.  The first bunch were variations of 2 different, edgy, rock looks that Alexa put together, and the 3rd was a fun, casual look.  Alexa did all of the styling, and I'd say she did a pretty darn good job!  Not only is she a fabulous model, and great at putting a look together, but she's *also* an awesome photographer!  Be sure to check out her work!

Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography

Now, as most of you are probably well aware by this point, my husband and I JUST moved to Nashville, Tn!  We've officially been here 7 days, and I love our little house and I am excited to see what the future holds for us here!  That being said, the past 7 days have been nothing but moving, unpacking, unpacking... moving... unpacking... cleaning... unpacking... cleaning.............. unpacking........................

I started to go through photography withdrawal!  HAHA!

Finally, today I sat down and busted out some work that had been put on hold due to the move, and I managed to pull one of the images from Alexa's shoot that I particularly love.

Now, when you see this one again later, it may look a bit different.  I found myself playing around in Photoshop earlier this evening with different looks.  It's fun to experiment from time to time to see what I can come up with, and I ended up creating something that I think works pretty well with, at least the portion of the shoot that this image is from, however, I don't know if I'm 100% sold on it yet.

SO... rather than posting my experiments and then changing my mind when I wake up and come back to see this with fresh eyes tomorrow, (Today, by the time you all are reading this, since it is currently 4:38am... ) I decided that I would just give you a "clean edit" preview of this shot.

I may decide to keep it this way... I may decide to go crazy... who knows?!

I'm terribly unpredictable. ;)

But in any case, here is one of my favorite shots from the first part of the day with Alexa!!

Nashville Portrait Photography, Tennessee, Alexa Poletti, Model Photography

Check out more of Alexa's modeling work HERE and check out her photography HERE!CLICK HERE and 'like' Emily McGonigle Photography on Facebook!

Cait W. | Winter Portraits

Wintertime is often thought of as grey, dreary, cold... just... not fun.  Unless you really love the holidays... THEN, it might be fun.  But I think we can all agree that the winter *weather* can be less than pleasant at times.  Because of this, a lot of location photographers, including myself, tend to slow down and catch up on all of their posting, blogging, (packing to move to Nashville...), what have you. I thought I was pretty much done shooting for the season when the lovely Caitlin W. contacted me about doing a shoot.  I was more than happy to stretch my muscles and get out and shoot with her (especially since I had just gotten a new lens I was DYING to try out!! ).

I ended up taking Cait to a trail my husband and I had hiked a few weeks prior.  When Keith and I were there hiking, there was a spot that had tall grass-like vegetation that looked really awesome!   From the moment I saw it, I knew I wanted to do a shoot in it, however as luck would have it, by the time Cait and I arrived to the trail a few weeks later (after a snow, and some ice, and some good heavy rain), the "grass" was all flattened down and matted together.  I was bummed.  ...For a second.  Because instead of cool tall grasses... the trade off was AWESOME, glorious, sunlight.

I was down with that. ^_^

All I had been concentrating on during the weeks approaching the shoot, was that grass.  I ignored the fact that the sunlight had the potential to be pretty rockin' because... well... my luck always has it that when I plan on shooting in awesome sunlight..........there isn't any.  But I lucked out this time.  :D

BOY did we luck out!

And while it was a bit chilly, it wasn't NEARLY as cold as it *could* have been, so the day was fabulous all around.

Wanna see??? :D

Here is what Cait and I ended up with from that day!!

Nashville, Tennesee, Photographer, Portrait, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennesee, Photographer, Portrait, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennesee, Photographer, Portrait, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennesee, Photographer, Portrait, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennesee, Photographer, Portrait, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennesee, Photographer, Portrait, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennesee, Photographer, Portrait, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennesee, Photographer, Portrait, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Nashville, Tennesee, Photographer, Portrait, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Model:  Cait W. | http://www.modelmayhem.com/2676387CLICK HERE and 'like' Emily McGonigle Photography on Facebook!

Emily Catherine | Rock Inspired Fashion

Hey everyone!  Happy Rain Day!! I'm going to go ahead and keep this nice and simple due to Sandy's wonderful visit and the pending possibility of the power going out... but I wanted to share with all of you some of my favorite final images from Emily Catherine's shoot!

She did such an AWESOME job, I had such a hard time narrowing down final images to edit, but I finally did it!  Don't forget to check out her Facebook page and click "like"!  Special thanks again to Shawnnah Jade of Notorious B.eau.ty for doing a fantastic job on Emily's hair and makeup!!

Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine
Lehigh Valley Photography, Bethlehem Photography, Emily McGonigle Photography, Model, Emily Catherine

Check out the rest of her set on my Facebook page here:  Emily Catherine | Fashion Rocks! on FacebookCLICK HERE and 'like' Emily McGonigle Photography on Facebook!

Emily Catherine ROCKS!

Recently I had the pleasure of working on a rock 'n roll inspired shoot with up and coming modeling talent, Emily Catherine!  Let me tell you, if you are a photographer or other industry artist, and you get the opportunity to work with Emily... DO IT! This chick is awesome!  She's driven, she's fun, she takes great direction and she's not shy!  Which, surprisingly enough, a lot of models are, which sometimes makes it difficult to get them to convey the look you're going for.  NOT an issue with Emily!

For that matter, if you're NOT a photographer or other industry artist, check out her Facebook page anyway, check our her other work, click 'like' on her page, and leave her some love!

So the idea for this session came about thanks to Ebay!  I was actually in the midsts of shopping for the wardrobe I did with Amy Keyser when, randomly this dressed appeared in my window under "other items you may like", or whatever that section of the Ebay page is called.  The second I saw it, I thought to myself, "That would be AWESOME for a rock style inspired shoot!

I clicked.

I bought.

I messaged Emily.

After Emily expressed excitement in working with me on this shoot, I OF COURSE messaged Shawnnah of Notorious B.eau.ty!  This wonderful woman is the same fantastic hair and makeup artist that I collaborated with on Amy's shoot!  I was so excited to be able to collaborate with her again.  Shawnnah is not only great at her craft, but she's an amazing person to be around and I always enjoy our pre-shoot banter while she works on the model!

Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine
Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine

Halloween is around the corner and I recall Shwannah saying something about having a special on Halloween makeup, for those of you who are less artistically inclined and would like some expert help on your killer [no pun intended] look!  SHOOT THIS GIRL A MESSAGE... Do it.  Go HERE, click 'like', and send her a message to set up your appointment!

After Shawnnah enthusiastically agreed to our developing project, I continued to shop for more pieces of Emily's outfit.  One of the pieces I found, was an awesome cropped jacket that I found at The Attic, in Bethlehem, Pa!  This place is the hippest consignment shop I know of in the area!  If you live around Bethlehem, and are looking for some cool pieces for your every day look, definitely stop by and check it out!

At this point I'll also take the opportunity to give a shout out to my friend, April Piazza who is the author of the Steel City Retro segment of the retro-inspired blog Wink Pinup.  April writes about the great places in the valley, like The Attic, that you can find awesome retro pieces for affordable prices!  So if that's your thing, stop by and check out the blog!

Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine
Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine

So anyway, the day that Emily's dress ACTUALLY arrived... I made a very interesting discovery, in that the dress was actually two pieces... and the *skirt*... was actually MUCH shorter than I was expecting.  Right away I set out to the fabric store in search of more tulle, which I attached with my  mad hand-sewing skills to her skirt to make it a bit longer and fill it out a bit more.

I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have any help, as the wonderful Shawnnah definitely helped me fringe out the newly added layers, the day of the shoot.  (THAT is just ONE of the many reasons why I love her!)

Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine
Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine

Once the skirt was filled out and cut up, it was time to shoot!

This is just one of the awesome images that Emily, Shawnnah and I were able to create together!  There are definitely more to come, but I couldn't help showing at least *one*!

Bethlehem Photographer | Emily McGonigle Photography | Model Photography | Emily Catherine

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