What more is there to say about someone beautiful, creative and dialed into her personal mission? Maybe just: Victoria Langford has something to say. She is producing her first solo album from her home studio in Brooklyn, New York and it’s full of heart and grueling emotion. When she asked me to come to NYC for her album shoot, I was honored and excited to develop a concept to try and reflect even a small piece of how much of herself she’s put into writing. We collaborated on designing the shoot–from outfits and locations to makeup choices and expression. We ended up choosing to photograph at her writing spaces in Brooklyn and Coney Island–one of the signature songs on the album. We wanted to capture her renewed joy at coming out of a painful experience in her life, but also the isolation of enduring it for so long.
The album itself is a unique combo of instrumentation and what Victoria describes as “pop indie baroque.” She is multi-talented, playing trombone, keys, guitar, and singing on the album. We had a lot of fun moments (channeling her inner Gaga and Beyonce) and plenty of silly laughs, but I absolutely love the more artistic, pensive shots that match the vibe of her music. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this talented woman! Check out her music and design work at VictoriaLangford.com.
After one of the rainiest weekends South Florida has had in awhile, I met the Chang family on a perfectly cool and sunny afternoon for a session at McArthur State Park. The grandparents couldn’t get enough of their grandkids and I loved photographing the connections between everyone. The boardwalk provided great photo opportunities and a beautiful view of the water on our way to the beach, which has miles of untouched coastal habitat. I love finding new places to photograph, especially state and national parks that deserve our patronage and support for preserving such beautiful wildlife. It felt great to get outdoors and enjoy nature with this sweet family!
Working with artists is one of our passions. I was so psyched to take some branding images for my friend Christian who is also an extremely talented recording and mixing engineer working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. As he was transitioning out of the Marine Corps Band and pursuing a new dream of recording film scores in LA, we took some photos to capture it. After developing a concept with Christian, I knew I wanted to incorporate moodier lighting and energy than usual to convey the emotion of music and sound. We did three or four setups and Christian was a true artist on his own, pulling out so many expressions and poses. This was a joy to photograph and I love how the images capture the feeling of how he has become The Boy Who Sees Sound.
There’s something about a cold & rainy day that leaves DC feeling a bit magical. I love the soft quality of the light and there are always fewer pedestrians that way, making you feel like it’s a city all to yourself. We were battling the weather for Bethany and Mike’s New Years Eve wedding, but we traveled prepared and knew how to make sure we got some great portraits in the rain. The first look at Le Meridien hotel was SO cute. Then we ventured out for some bridal party photos around town before their sweet ceremony. Bethany ordered some fun umbrellas and Nick and I were all decked out with our protective rain gear. We give this wedding party mad props for how cool they were with the rain. We had a lot of fun and made the most of it! DJ Elizer kept the dance party going at Top of the Town (with some truly impressive dance moves) until the New Years countdown. Cheers to a great end of another fantastic year!
This is always a favorite post because we can look back over the year and see the variety of work we’ve gotten to do, and remember joyful and funny moments. We are so thankful for the many opportunities we’ve had to create photos our clients are proud of. In July, Nick was published in USA Today for his architectural interiors of the new Why Hotel and Erin photographed our first Fort Lauderdale wedding! We worked with many families, couples and took headshots galore. Proposal photography has also been a new area of business, mostly due to excellent weather and beautiful beaches! It’s been a truly wonderful year growing in our business and skill. Thank you for all of your support. We’re excited for what 2019 will bring!
Miami may just be paradise in the winter time and Danish got a perfect, sunny day for his sunset proposal to Sonya. I helped Danish map out his plan to navigate Bill Baggs State Park and plan the perfect proposal. Under the ruse of visiting friends, Danish had accomplices bring Sonya to the beach where a line of roses in vases and a letter from him were waiting. As she rounded the corner, he was standing in front of the gorgeous lighthouse on Key Biscayne. All of our planning and Danish’s hard work was rewarded when she said, “YES!”
Suzanne and Paul recently moved to Fort Lauderdale and achieved their dreams of living on the water and getting a boat, but have also undergone the difficult loss of Suzanne’s mother. To honor her mother who always asked her to do Christmas cards, Suzanne and Paul wanted photos at their house for their family Christmas card with their three dogs. Nick and I used our lighting equipment to make them look their best in the early afternoon and ensure none of their doggies would get lost in the shadows. The photos show their zest for life and love of being on the water. I hope this session also brought Suzanne a sense of peace and closeness with her mom.
I was thrilled when Jorge reached out about proposing to his girlfriend (now fiance!) Crista. He was very thoughtful about what he wanted the experience to be like. He wanted to propose at the beach at sunset somewhere intimate and more private, and he had a plan to lay out messages in bottles recapping their past, present and future together before proposing. We worked together to determine the best location would be Lauderdale By the Sea a little ways off the beaten path. Jorge sent his friend Casey to be my accomplice that day. We placed the bottles and were able to set up Casey’s iPhone to capture the proposal on video! He also held a light for me, so we were able to work later as the sun went down. And the sunset we got was incredible! Bright blues gave way to pink sky and ground. The best part was seeing our plan come together for their beautiful proposal.
I met up with some of our star clients Josh and Alanna and their sweet little bundle of joy (you may have seen their epic library wedding portraits, their Key West bi-plane maternity photos, or their Nationals Stadium engagement session–basically, they are masters of awesome photo locations). For this session, we wanted to keep it simple and short because 7-month-olds can only model for so long. Sometimes all you need is a brick alleyway and a yellow wall in the middle of the day for a few bangin’ family portraits.
I adore this family and have worked with them over many years now. They love humor and silliness and I have really enjoyed watching the kids grow up. Their oldest has now officially entered the pre-teen phase and was not doling out smiles as usual, so we decided to embrace it and take some “cool” family shots, as well as some fun ones that made him look like the only responsible one in the group. Every once in awhile, I’d get a little hint of a smirk. No family session is the same. The kids are always in a different mood and I want to be receptive to what’s going to be the most fun for everyone. I also try to put new or unique combinations and ideas together in addition to some more classic poses. If you’re looking for help to get the best family photos possible, please ask for more info about setting up your family session!