New Years Eve Fashion Editorial | Salt Lake City, Utah | Jessica Janae

Sometimes at 11am I call two girls in my neighborhood over and do a quick magical shoot in my house.

sometimes.

and it always ends up being my fave shoot ever.

We shot everything inside my house in a little corner behind my kitchen table, in another corner by my office and outside in the bloody cold snow. We used all natural light and a disco balls for the majority of the photos. its amazing what some window light and a reflective disco ball can do.

these types of creative shoots are what keeps my photographers heart pumping.

Heres to the new year and more shoots like this one!

xoxo

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Retro House Fashion Shoot | Salt Lake City | Whitney

Hi everyone!

This is a shoot that I’m definitely excited to post!  Lately I feel as if everyones work in Utah looks THE SAME.  Like, almost exactly the same.  Everyone is copying everyone else and it’s turning into a big, confusing, mess.  Almost all of these photos were shot on film (there are 7 digital shots… can you find them?).  Normally when I shoot film I overexpose, but for this shoot I intentionally exposed the photos to look almost exactly as the scene did in real life, OR underexposed for that muddyish look.  When shooting these photos I really tried to focus on the design aspect of things. These photos are not perfect.  You will notice that a few of them are soft.  The house was very dark and the viewfinder on on my cameras is very hard to see through, so it’s literally a shot in the dark.  I still included the images because there is just something about them.  All of the styling was done by me and much of the stuff the model is wearing is actually vintage.  Here is the story behind the details of this shoot…

A couple of months ago I was on Snapchat (you can follow me whitneybrailsford) and my friend Maggie was posting videos of her grandmas INCREDIBLE house!  I quickly messaged my friend and let her know that I was inspired by the place and wanted to do a shoot.  Luckily Maggie is also an artist so she was all in!   I immediately thought of the model Tiffany when I thought of the look that I wanted to achieve with this shoot.  Tiffany is gorgeous inside and out.  I also brought Vivian Makeup Artist on to do hair and makeup because she is absolutely the only person I would trust for a shoot like this.  She is the perfectionist of all perfectionists and SO talented.  The perfect combo!

Now… about those gorgeous Tintypes… my friend Sylvia deserves her OWN paragraph!  Sylvia is my great friend from college.  The first night I really spent with Sylvia was an all nighter in the darkroom.  Do you even understand what I am saying here?  An ALL NIGHTER IN THE DARKROOM…. we are talking on your feet…all night long.  Things got crazy under that red light that night and bonds were made.  Sylvia and I did a lot of undergrad together as well as traveled through Europe together.  We have a strong bond, Sylvia and I.  Sylvia is so unlike anyone I have ever met.  While traveling through Europe we would often end up sitting apart on long train or plane rides.  I would walk off of the trains having had a really nice nap and Sylvia would walk away with someones life story and contact info.  She has this way of making you feel so comfortable so quickly so you end up telling her all of your greatest joys and challenges.   She is Sylvia.  She owns everything about herself.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Sylvia shot the photos that have the almost Sepia look to them.  They are called wet plate collodion or tintypes.  Go ahead and google them for a better idea of what they are, but it’s a pretty insane process.  Sylvia has to take a portable dark room as well as HUGE HEAVY BOXES full of chemicals and lights to every shoot she goes to.  Ever seen someone with an accordion camera underneath a black cloth?  Yeah.  That’s her.  Sylvia is an ARTIST.  She loves her art and pursues it no matter the expense.  It’s something I admire about her and it inspires me to be the same. You can find Sylvia’s Work on instagram at @sillverstill… make sure you don’t miss that extra “L” in sillver!

WOW!  Did you make it through that?  I’ll let you look at the photos now haha!  Enjoy!

Whitney

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Summer Barbie Fashion Shoot | Kenzie Nimmo | Jessica Janae

We did this shoot in the summer last year!!! tears. I miss the summer.

I met Kenzie a while back when I shot her gorgeous wedding. I fell in love with her and her husband. They are incredible people. It was no surprise when their music took them so far. They are amazing amazing amazing.

Kenzie and I had been talking about doing a shoot just for the heck of creativity and actually made it happen. So many times I talk about doing shoots for fun and then it never happens cuz LIFE.

I wanted to do a 60ies barbie look and Vivian Makeup Artist brought it to life!!! amazing hair and makeup.

I also dug through racks of clearance items at H&M till I found the perfect combos haha. H&M racks are photoshoot heaven! We shot in my friends front garden with a little plastic pool and a hose and BAM. Kenzie the Summer Barbie. enjoy!

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Day of the Dead Photo Shoot | Halloween 2015 | SLC, Utah

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday since I was a kid. And yet in the past 8 years of being a photographer I have never done a Halloween shoot!!!! How is that possible? So this year I broke out of the cage and went for it.

We shot this at a huge cemetery in SLC. We started shooting when the sun was almost all the way down because I wanted the light to be that eerie dark bluish color that usually us photographers try to avoid. I took forever scoping out the perfect spot. Something old and crumbly looking with some big mossy trees ideally. It was perfect. Everyone who passed us was probably scared out of their minds because we were kind of hidden back in a corner and from the street it would have looked like two witches brewing something over someones grave hahaha.

My story for the shoot was this-  A woman was murdered by her husbands mistress, who unbeknown to him is a witch. The mistress then marries the husband and once a week goes to visit the dead x wife’s grave and over it conjures spells to keep her young and beautiful.. the dead wife becomes friends with Death and comes back to haunt the mistress, to terrify her and drive her mad until her soul is slowly sucked out and is eventually taken by deaths grips….. So see if you can follow the story woo!

We had tons of people collaborate on this shoot and style it etc. It turned out completely different from what I originally was thinking in my head but after shooting and editing the pics I was blown away by how much I loved it. Thank you so much everyone!!!! Insane amounts of talent you all have.

Skeleton model- Makenna @makennaalyse

Evil bride- Jessie @jessruizdelvizo

Makeup Aritst- Jessica Craig @jessicamariemakeup

Hair stylist- Emma @emmasparlour

Paper flowers and set design- Margie @thelovelyave

Photographers Assistant- Dayna Turnblom @daynaturnblom

1st white dress- @janay.marie

Black dress- Natalie @nataliewynndesigns

2nd white dress- Chantel @chantellaurendesigns

ENJOY!

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