Amy Vreeman is a super-talented musician and singer here in Los Angeles, who just released her latest volume of songs in a series called, Remembering Rich Mullins.
Amy is a spitfire. She's sassy, slightly sarcastic, super-passionate, but mostly all-heart. This girl does not mess around, and I love that about her. A few years ago, Amy was a student of mine in a Broadcast Journalism class I taught at Azusa Pacific University. We've remained friends ever since.
The goal for this shoot was to gather images for her next volumes that showcase her quirky/cool vibe. Style-wise, Amy rocks a modern bohemian look, and I immediately thought about a 1970's-style, natural, lens flare kind of shot. I scheduled the shoot for late in the day so we could capture the sun just as it was setting, giving us this warm, dreamy look.
After that, I shot a series of pictures against a tree, but it wasn't unusual enough. So I made her stand in some bushes and practically climb the tree. I photographed her through the leaves, giving her a mischievous, secretive vibe.
Since Amy likes the unusual, I went for some close-focus shots of her eyes. My camera lens was fewer than 2 inches away from her face for this shot, and she didn't flinch. I was psyched when she put this one on her Facebook page about a minute after I delivered the shots to her.
In the digital darkroom, I brought out the luminance of her skin and highlighted her eyes, and then played with color effects to make the shots a little edgier.
Together with her husband, Amy also owns a company specializing in a fun photo-booth-like experience for events such as weddings and big parties. As it's not a real "booth", the company is know as the PhotoBoothThing.