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Beautiful Natural Light Portraits

Hi everyone! I am back in DC (from my wedding getaway in North Carolina) and am very excited to bring you a new set of natural light portraits. Now I started talking to Eszter months and months ago about doing some really bangin’ portraits that were both classic and sexy without being too in-your-face. When I finally met her face to face, I was so pumped because this girl is hilarious and awesome. She brought her best friend and makeup artist, Laura, who was just as much of a pleasure as Eszter. Laura Dobi is the key makeup artist and creative director behind Green Revolution Artistry. Check her out for a super cool makeup mission.

We shot in a really amazing park off of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Midday. On a weekend. On Memorial Day Weekend. Errrr…. In hindsight, that my have been a mistake. Haha, oh well, live and learn! It didn’t even cross my mind that there would probably be ten zillion very curious rugrats running around the park. But  really, what is a photoshoot if something unexpected doesn’t happen?

Supermodel status? I think so!

Here is an adorable Behind The Scenes shot of Eszter and Laura. Fun fact: These best friends are both from Hungary. They met as kids in school in America when Laura transferred in and spoke no English. Eszter was the only other Hungarian in the school and had to translate for her.  21 years later, they are still best friends. How freaking perfect is that? Ugh! *melt*

When cruising to our next location, we ran straight into a tree-filled path with perfect lighting coming through the trees. Of course, we had to stop and knock out a few shots. Eszter looks like such a classic beauty in these black and white photos.

At our next location, we had the option to shoot exposed brick. Does anyone ever really turn down the opportunity to shoot exposed brick? (That is a real question.)

Keep in mind that there were dozens of kids all around us… Throwing footballs at us, yelling to us from the roof, and standing in front of the reflector… Looking back, I can’t believe we made it through the day so effortlessly, haha! I suppose that’s the power of good company! I had a blast with Eszter and Laura despite the challenges! She looks so gorgeous, natural, and relaxed in all of these shots. You’d never guess she had such an audience!

As we were heading to our next location, again we ran into a wonderful surprise. Tucked back off the path was a small clearing with a completely epic, and probably magical, tree.
Here is a Behind The Scenes look that Laura shot at the tree location. I am (of course, looking whacky) doing some weird balancing act in attempt to not slide down the practically vertical hill I had Eszter climb up. Have I mentioned what a trooper Eszter was?

And here are the killer shots from that spot. It probably would have taken half the time to shoot it if all of the kids in the park weren’t convinced that Eszter was Jennifer Lawrence, in her natural habitat of District 12. 🙂 Do you see the resemblance?

And finally, we were off to our final location! Ready to cool off with the breeze from the Potomac River.

For the photographers following, up until this point, Eszter’s entire shoot had been natural light portraits. Because of the shadows from the trees by the water, for these next few shots I shot an on-camera flash into a reflector to bounce some soft light onto Eszter.

Finally, I topped the shoot off with some super shallow closeups. For this, I used a 50mm at f/1.4-f/2 and I am so obsessed with the fall-off.

Alright, that’s it for Eszter’s portrait session! I have a feeling you may be seeing more of Eszter and Laura around here! Cross your fingers! I had the best time with them and really hope to see them both again soon!

Portrait Photography
Washington, DC

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Carolina in Maryland | Sweet and Sassy

Hi guys! Meet Carolina! You may be seeing more of her around here within the next few weeks. We shot two different looks this day. The first focuses on a more of an etherial princess look, with Cosplay Wigs USA‘s 36″ Wavy in Light Blonde. I absolutely LOVE this look on Carolina. So gorgeous and so completely different than the other look which will be revealed later. She nailed both!

As I said before, I got tons of photos of her that I totally dig. And normally, I wouldn’t post so many photos of the same set, but I just couldn’t decide which one I liked best, so I made a composite of four of them. Which do you like best? Let me know in the comments!

What a gorgeous princess!

She looks killer in black and white!

The second look was COMPLETELY different. Dark and edgy. And again, Carolina knocked it out of the park. These are some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken! *squeal*

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Hope you liked these shots of Carolina as much as I do!
Hitting Charlotte, NC for over a week so expect tons of new work when I get back! Can’t wait! I have some cool stuff planned!

Fashion Photography
Portrait Photography
Clarksburg, MD


Porsha’s “Mother Nature” Maternity Session

This is the gorgeous, hot mama Porsha. After bouncing around ideas for a few weeks, Porsha decided on a “Mother Nature” theme for her maternity session with me. When the day finally rolled around, I headed out to Raleigh, NC to meet this wonderful girl and her baby to be. I love working creative shoots like this one. It makes it so much more fun when I don’t have to do the traditional heart around the belly shot…

hahaha… Goofing around during lighting tests…. 🙂

“Mother Nature”

Credits:
Photographer: Alexa Poletti Photography
MUA: Donnie of IC Beauty
Model: Porsha P

Great sunlight!

And of course, a shot with Porsha and her sister, Ashante’, who came with us to the shoot.
I had such a blast with these two girls and I can’t wait to shoot Baby K’s newborn pictures when she finally graces us with her presence!
Goodnight friends! xx

Maternity Photography
Raleigh, NC


Gatlinburg, TN – Day 1

Woohoo!! A vacation!!!!!! Totally, what I needed to escape the madness for a little while. I have recently been picked up as the Propmaster/Key Wardrobe for an independent feature film being shot in Charlotte, NC. Working in film means no time to spend with your loved ones at home.. something I realized while I was in school getting my film degree. Fortunately, Brendan and I already had a little weekend getaway planned so it was a great excuse to get out of town for a bit.

Heading out on Friday afternoon, we arrived in the Great Smoky Mountains around sunset. I had to pull off the road as we approached to get this shot… Such a beautiful time to be pulling up! Could not have gotten luckier on that one.

The next morning, we set off for a hike. Neither of us are really hiking people.. just a couple of city kids, really… But the lure of a 100-foot waterfall, home to a diverse range of salamander species, was just too much for me. While looking up it’s location, I seemed to have missed this part…:
“The trail to the waterfall gains over 2,000′ in elevation over its 4 mile course and the 8-mile roundtrip hike is considered strenuous in difficulty.” (nps.gov)

Off we go!

So studly!! 😉

Paradise.

That’s me! (For the record, it’s not a fanny pack when it’s filled with lenses, batteries, and memory cards..)

That was a teeny tiny skinny little bridge that we had to cross to continue on the path. Scary!! I love adventures!!

As you can tell in the picture above.. the sun was beginning to set. I was so determined to make it to the waterfall.. We kept pushing on, hoping to make it before dark. After climbing over three miles into the forest, we regretfully had to turn back. It was a disappointing blow to work so hard to get there and just barely fall short. We were SO close, but the dangers weighed more than the photo op. The rocks and moss were slippery, BEARS are apparently everywhere in the area, and the path was overall tough and dangerous. Just before we turned around, we set the camera on a rock for this shot of the two of us.

In the dark, the hard path was much scarier. I kept thinking I was seeing bears!! We were telling “what if..” horror stories just to creep ourselves out. After over six miles, we made it back alive and all was well. We were exhausted!!! Went home and I took some cool shots of the night sky with fog creeping around the mountain. Then… bedtime. xoxo

Destination Photography
Gatlinburg, TN