I shot my very first photoshoot (and collaboration) in a photo studio downtown LA in February! This was super exciting for me because I have been in many studios assisting another persons production, but this time I was in charge! I was shooketh by all of the equipment included in this rental! I didn’t know how to use half the stuff that was in there 😅 But it was great being able to experiment with lighting and attempting to use off camera flash for the first time (it was a fail 🙅🏾♀️)
This portrait series was done in collaboration with my friend Heaven who created each makeup look. The concept behind this portrait series was mental illness. The goal was to shed light on the various emotions that people battle when they are suffering from mental illnesses. Each makeup look represents a different emotion: anger, irritation, anxiety, stress, and focus. Although I don’t have a mental illness myself, Heaven was able to give me insight on what each emotion meant to her as she created each look. This emotional roller coaster of images will tell the story of a battle against oneself.