Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.
I approach most of my subjects trying to use shadow, light, and natural elements in emotive and artistic ways. I’ve always loved art that has a certain dark beauty to it, so I try to incorporate that in my work. I’ve recently made the transition to pursue photography as a full-time hobby/business, so I’m super new to the “ business” side of things. Taking this leap was the BEST decision I have ever made because it’s exposed so much of fear, creativity, vulnerability, motivation, and all those roller coaster human feels that go with “putting yourself out there”. I’m grateful for the experience of trying for something meaningful and special to me. Some personal facts- I’m a lifelong learner and lover of all things plants and flowers. I love cake before bedtime. Yes, don’t judge! I have a passion for birds and get overly giddy when a full moon is approaching. I want to someday develop my own film. As in, I’ll attempt to convert our laundry room into a dark room!
What about this session was most memorable?
This session was super special because the couple was young and has such a genuine love. They had such a relaxed and effortless beauty about them. I really just followed them with my camera and caught so many amazing shots. It’s incredible how genuine love can speak in images. They are also easy on the eyes.
Were there any hurdles?
Ha! I learned to not wear my Birks ever again to a session! I walked in puddles to follow them, nearly broke a hip!
Your best photographer/session advice?
Ask questions to get to know your clients! They are all so unique and interesting. That old cliche, “you can learn something new about someone every day”, is so true! I love getting to know people, asking questions from what is your favorite song to what kind of dream vacation would you take if you could. I love connecting with a stranger, a new person- everyone has something beautiful inside. I know that sounds cheesy, but it is super true! Relax and be your everyday quirky, random, people- interested self.
What gear was used to achieve these?
For these images, I used a Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 24-70, and Sigma Art 35
ABOUT THE ARTIST :
Mel Christina is a natural light, photographer, based in Austin,Texas, specializing in children, families, lifestyle and potraits. Mel’s approach to work is to capture unscripted, artistic lifestyle photography.