Spring into Love - Kristine and James Engagement

Spring brings beautiful blooms, sunshine, and creates the perfect setting for the celebration of love!  Kristine and James joined me and Myriah Wood, now working together as Falcon and Wolf Weddings for combined Photo and Video bookings, for a fun and intimate session amidst the greenery and flowers.

I always try and capture a couples personality as well as show off the best of themselves.  So they can look back and say "Remember when...".  So I always start by asking couples to show me their Cuddle Culture.  Every couple has one.  It's your basic go to for holding each other, snuggling, nuzzling, or even fun playful rough housing.  Whatever it is for each couple, that's what I want to see and capture.  And then we go from there.  If a couple is silly, then we are cute and playful, and if a couple is more serious and quiet, then I allow room for that to happen naturally.  Basically, anything that is true to them, goes.

Kristine and James were super sweet together, and you didn't have to tell James twice to wrap his arms around her. He couldn't get enough and their love truly shown through.  I can't wait to see them on their big day!

Love in Bloom- Stacie and Tommy

I am so excited to be partnered with Myriah Wood for a new venture called Falcon and Wolf Weddings. We are partnered up for weddings that have photography and videography together in the same package.  There is such a high demand for couples who want to capture all aspects of their special day.  It's not all about photography anymore!  Video can capture things that photos just can't.  And only time will tell, because 10 years from now, when you sit down to watch your wedding video with family and friends, and reminisce together, I just know you can't put a price on that. 

For Stacie and Tommy, we started with the engagement session.  This is a super important process before the big day.  It helps us to get to know our couples.  We get to see how each couple interacts, how they naturally pose (or not pose LOL), how they take direction and what works and doesn't work; we get to feel the chemistry.  Most importantly we get to look at the pictures and see what angles worked the best, what verbal directions seemed to be most successful, and then make adjustments or plan for the big day.  It's priceless. 

Not to mention the photographs!  You are going to look back on these photos forever, and remember how you were before your official marriage story even began.  Stacie and Tommy were so OBVIOUSLY in love!  It was so wonderful to witness and capture on camera.  They were laughing and just making each other smile the whole time.  And I love it when a partner just can't keep their hands off the other.  Love was in the air!  And the beautiful blooms and fresh foliage of the season was just a reminder of the freshness and the new beginnings to come. 

Not to mention we got to witness the first ever piggy back ride!  Tommy, she kept her promise :)

A Roaring Product Shoot

I love fashion photography and product photography, so when I get to work with a designer or a store to help feature their clothing it's a treat for my creative soul.  Coming up with the concept, figuring out how and what to feature, finding models and creative team, location scouting...it's a lot of planning but when it comes together it's magic.

I'd worked with Va Va Vooom a few years ago and was so honored to do another project with them.  I saw a grey, silk lingerie jumper in their store that inspired the whole shoot, the roaring 20's.  I wanted fur, silk, jewels, champagne and sexy strong women to show off this amazing and iconic time period, my dear models, Jillian Summers and Emma Dubin.

We were able to use the Crow and Quill for a shooting space, which worked out so perfectly.  After scouting through various locations that didn't quite fit, I went there for drinks one night and fell in love with their eclectic furniture selections and vintage wallpaper backdrop.  You just can't stage this stuff!

Thank you to my amazing team that came together on Easter to make this happen!! If you haven't worked with any of them, you're missing out! Check them out here in town.  I adore them!!

Have some fashions that need photographing, or a look book put together?  Contact me and let's see what we can create together.

Model- Jillian Summers

Model- Emma Dubin

Hair Styling- Britton at Lola

Make Up- Vanessa Sogan with Vanessa Sogan Beauty FX

Fashions and Styles by Va Va Vooom located at 57 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801, https://www.vavavooom.com/

 

Falling in to Yoga

Sometime one needs an excuse to get off their butt and get out to a beautiful waterfall.  So shooting a yoga portrait in Dupont Nation Forest was a yes YES YeeeeeS!  

Carley Wilson-Cesar is a new upcoming Yogi just graduation from school at Asheville Yoga Center.  We had a great time coming up with poses and pairing it with all the beautiful locations around Hooker Falls area.  Keep in mind that it was FREEZING, so kudos to Carley for being such a trooper.  Nothing like connecting with nature in the 20s wearing yoga clothes.  Hard Core!

If you're a Yogi and interested in working with me on your Yoga Portrait, please contact me!

The Power of Creative Women

I love shooting portraits, and I especially love shooting artist portraits, but I have to say Molly Courcelle and Bee Sieburg gave me a new favorite...photographing Mother / Daughter Artist duos.  Although I bet their amazing relationship and history is a special and unique one that you don't find often.

Molly and Bee asked me to photograph them for an upcoming show, and I was deeply honored I got the privilege to work with them!  They have been painting together at the Wedge Building in the River Arts District for over 10 years.  And before that they owned the Gardener’s Cottage together in Biltmore Village.  So this show at Wedge Foundation is a celebration of their 10 years of painting together.  I love nothing more then sharing this sort of history with our local community, empowering artists in the community and especially women in the community. 

Check out their websites and if you live in the area or ever visit make sure to stop in and see them.  In person, their artwork is beautiful and powerfully moving and their creativity, along with them personally, brings a warmth to your heart. 

Mother/Daughter Exhibit Celebrates a Decade of Painting in Asheville

The opening reception will be March 01, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The exhibit will be on display until April 1, 2018.  Wedge Foundation, 5 Foundy Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Molly Courcelle   -   www.mollycourcelle.com

Bee Sieburg           -  www.beesieburg.com

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Studio Misha Featured in Sophie Magazine for Jan/Feb 2018

I still get giddy when I see myself in print! It's such an honor and I don't think I'll ever get over the feeling of it.

Sophie Magazine did a feature on the most recent Fashmob X-Something Simple.  Three of my photos were chosen to be included, one of them making the back Photo Finish full page feature!  SO cool. 

If you've never been to or heard of Fashmob, basically it's a event where photographers, models, designers, stylists, and artists all converge to photograph and play with fashion.  Lots of local designers and boutiques get involved and team up with models, make up artists, and hair stylists to put together looks for models.  Then they walk around and wait to be discovered and photographed. 

It's almost like a fashion scavenger hunt.  Sometimes I'm walking around on the street looking for stylish people and asking them, "Are you a model?"  This gets me some strange looks if they happen to NOT be part of Fashmob.  But there's no way to tell sometimes!! There are some pretty fashionable, gorgeous people around town. Anyway, when you meet up with a participant, you create magic for a few clicks and then on to the next. 

I always enjoy doing this event for many reasons: It gets me out of my comfort zone of talking to and meeting people I don't know, I get to work with new people I never might have met otherwise, and you really have to be spontaneous! You find someone, and have to look around for a place that works.  There's no preset lighting or studio setting. The CITY IS YOUR STUDIO NOW! 

So enjoy my Sophie article and some other photos from the event I've included as well.  And if you're an amateur photographer or model, consider checking out the next Fashmob Event!

Models and Vendor Credits: Misty Brooke wearing Royal Peasantry with MU by Color me Kay, Christine Garvin wearing Honeypot, Jessica Lyn Carter wearing VIRTUE, Wendy Adams wearing Honeypot, Kayla Morgan Beavers wearing Carina Lopez Design inside of Side Show Sweets, Francia Laguerre wearing VIRTUE, Ella Marie Tretter wearing VIRTUE, Christopher Hewitt, Brittany Elizabeth wearing Royal Peasantry,

 

Golden Light and the Bluebird

I recently teamed up with jewelry designer Jessica Hall of Bluebird Design to do a summer product shoot for her latest jewelry line.  Our vision of lace, boho fashions with a light, summery feel was the perfect pairing for her colorful, handcrafted jewelry, highlighting birds and silver feathers in earrings, bracelets and necklaces.  She wanted to show that the pieces were simple enough to be worn on their own, or could be fashioned with multiple strands of contrasting styles and colors for a fun, chic look.  

First we started at a fun little picnic with vintage books and tea cups I've been collecting from antique shops over the years. Then we caught the last of the golden light in some grassy fields on top of a hill overlooking the mountain side, and danced to a jazzy playlist on someone's iphone in the distance.  We laughed as we made a mad dash towards the end to get all the pieces in before the sun went behind the mountain.  I've never seen the sun so golden.  Thank you to Jessica, Coco and Emma for a wonderful day!  You ladies are amazing.  

Jewelry Designs  ------- Jessica Hall  

https://www.bluebirddesigns.com/

Models  -------------- Coco Nuco and Emma Dubin