I really love wallpaper. I know a lot of people thinks it’s garish and stupid, and I get it. It has been used badly in places! But as a glamour influenced portrait photographer, I am always thinking of cool ways to photograph people and create interesting backdrops (if I’m not using my favorite solid black!). I’m thinking of wallpapering some boards or something to have in the studio… I think it could be colorful and fun! What say yeeze fine people of Vancouver, Washington?
Some wallpapers now are just about texture or look like paintings and are very organic looking. Some are simply beautiful!
Here’s a great link to some fabulous producers of fine wallpapers. Of course, I will have to consult with my favorite interior designer, David Mucci.
Yea, that’s wallpaper!
So, let me tell you about Missy Fant. She’s a photographer, music lover and trivia night team member… and works right here in Vancouver, Washington. She has rarely appeared in photos, and if she is in them, she’s in the distance or with her back turned or just hanging out with her dog or her kids… she does not love the idea of being in front of the camera at all.
It’s such an honor every time anyone entrusts me with their portrait experience, but when that someone happens to be a photographer as well, it’s an extra honor. We often have much higher standards than the typical non-photographer consumer, and we also know a plethora of other camera-wielders and tend to settle for a couple of nice “play shots” from friends here and there.
The photographer who understands the value of a custom designed photography experience and the accompanying photos is a gem and, you know, it’s still eeeeeeeeeshk, they know what they’re doing, and so it’s a little more nerve-wracking, cuz, you know, they are definitely gonna judge me! But Missy is fun and different and a misfit like me, so we had a lot of fun in her “office” (Tap Union Freehouse in downtown Vancouver).
Thanks Missy for such a great time! For trusting me with your vision of being yourself, beer in hand! I just love this session!
Chack out her work and her website! https://missyfantphotography.com/
When anyone wants to experience a photoshoot with me, it’s an incredible honor, but when it’s a fellow photographer (with serious talent!) it’s a double honor. When it’s the winner of my one year businessversary in my Vancouver, WA studio, it was a total WOOOOOOT experience!
Let me tell you how funny this is… Christina Samuelson Portraits won my giveaway, NEVER expecting that she would get picked. And get this, she lives in the Bay Area! So, I called her and asked if she ever comes up to the Portland area or if she wants to wait for the day I go down to Oakland, which I do at least once a year. She said, “Well…. I’m actually going to Bend, OR with my husband to pick up our new puppy in a few weeks”. I mean, what are the chances!? (And you should see this puppy, so cute).
Christina is Swedish, and she has a very understated, European sensibility and so I worked around her desire to be seen with casual and clean elegance. She brought a few dresses and casual outfits of her own. But also, I also recruited Esther Louise McFarland, another photographer friend, to help with styling and wardrobe, which was invaluable! As usual, my main girl Jessie Hafer did hair and makeup for her… it hardly looks like she is made up at all (as requested), but she is… in a very clean, fresh and natural way. I absolutely adored this shoot, and most of all, I love how much Christina loves her photos!
Here are some highlights.
You can see her work or get in touch here: https://www.christinasamuelson.com/