I met Jayla Palmerin Hendersonville Tn a long while ago, then recently got to join forces with her a few months after she graduated a year early from high school to explore fashion & fairytales, while making her some pretty epic artistic senior portraits. There is an amazing future ahead of this girl, there is a very amazing NOW happening indeed. She already has so many accomplishments- look for big news from her soon! Brains and beauty abound in this 17 year old actor, writer, and blogger at one of the top teen blogs Just Being Jayla!
For this shoot we collaborated on an adventurous artistic idea of fairytales and daydreams....as seniors prepare to embark in the so called 'real world' I feel like it is so important to keep a hold of dreams and magic even in an adult world. We talked about visions for a fashion focused artistic photo shoot where creativity and breaking boundaries- I would love for more adventures with Jayla and other seniors where we really try different things and just have fun!
Jayla began acting at 9, and has always loved it. She has been in several feature films, her most recent being "Remember The Goal", a film about a cross country team, in which she played the role of Shelby. Remember The Goal will premier this August! For updates and showtimes check the official movie Facebook page here.
I brought the camera gear and smoke bombs and Jayla herself styled and did her own MUHA with an assist from mom Melissa!
This spot close to Manchester Tn was as close to Heaven as can be, right here in Tennessee! Visit a waterfall today-please remember to take out everything you bring in...if I can carry light stands, cameras, and gear you can totally carry out your chip bags and pop bottles. It was s ad to see all the garbage folks left behind.
Lots if waterfall info can be found at the state park website
I sought Jayla out because I wanted the opportunity to work with her as well as to explore a personal project for myself. As a fine artist who paints sometimes the instant gratification of setting up and photographing is so fast its exhilarating. The ideas and collaboration are front ended, with the shoot going relatively fast. About half of the creativity comes in the editing process for me. I wanted the chance to combine my two worlds of painting and photography, to slow down and develop the fairytale dreams I was thinking of further.
I spend decent amounts of time researching and learning about photography. I am an eager student of life in general, and hope to always be. Its easy when your studying something your love! I think if I could possibly "learn everything" about photography I would lose all passion for it...boring! So I try to continue making paintings and art for myself to explore artistic purposes and well, just practice! The amount of information as to why personal projects are important is pretty overwhelming but I recommend Episode 232 of Sprouting Photographer, with weekend wisdom by Skip Cohen, interview with Vincent Laforet and this Petapixel article for more concise explanations about WHY.
These images were shot on my 5DM2 & 5DM3 with 85mm, 16mm, and 70-200mm lens. We used natural light for most of the moments, a gold reflector for a few photos. For some dramatic photos Calumet strobes with Paul Buff vagabonds/Cyber Sync transmitters on Cheetah collapsible stands. Can't forget those epic Enola Gaye smoke bombs! I am a little obsessed with them and hope to do MANY more smoke bomb fashion sessions!