I’d been in a photography slump for a few months when we walked into a coffee shop in Senoia, GA and Sydney took our order. As we walked to find a table I whispered to my husband, “She’s so pretty. I want to take her picture.” I guess we artists do need our muses and be photographers at play sometimes. Fortunately, It was looking like Sydney was my muse. We enjoyed our lunch but before we rose from the table Gabe asked me for a business card. As he often does, he pushed me out of my comfort zone. He led me up to her and then the words just fell out…
“Hi, I’m Meghan and I’m a photographer. I know this may sound so strange but I think you’re beautiful. I’d love to take your picture or use you as a model for some projects we’re dreaming of.” She took my card, said thanks and that was it. Then, the next day I found an email from her in my inbox. Insert big eyed emoji! I couldn’t believe she actually was taking me up on the offer.
After a few emails back and forth we decided to meet at the same coffee shop to plan our session. My heart is to really tell people’s stories so I wanted to hear all about Sydney. I’m wanting to do more personal brand photography to help businesses really connect with their clientele so I thought telling about Sydney would be great practice. I wanted to tell her story and do some fun photography stuff of our own.
Sydney loves to travel and see new places. Her dream is be a sort of photojournalist for missions organization. She wants to travel to the different areas missions serve, learn about them, take pictures that show what they’re doing and write about them and help them with their social media presence. She wants to help mission organizations get more visibility so they can have more impact with what they’re doing.
First, we started our fun day with Sydney at the airport. (A little side note. I also decided to edit some of these images a bit differently than my usual style. That’s all part of the fun of being an artist and shooting for yourself…freedom.)
Gabe and I really wanted to play with smoke bombs so this was our first attempt. Not bad but there’s more later.
Then, we made our way to this field that Gabe had found where we could see some of the Atlanta skyline. Similarly to myself, Sydney enjoys health and fitness. I love to see inspiring shots of people taking care of their bodies so this was a no brainer.
Thirdly, being a barista herself, Sydney had a list of coffee shops in Atlanta that she wanted to try. When she told us about Brother Moto I knew that was gonna be the one we’d shoot in. It was so cool! The barista was even kind enough to try his hand at an Earl Grey latte for me. Brother Moto was a great place to hang out and get some work done as Sydney often might be found doing. Besides being a coffee shop it’s also a bike shop. So, you bikers can come grab a cup of joe and then work on your bikes in their garage. How cool is that!
Our fourth stop was Ponce City Market. This was more for me. I love that area and this one store gets such amazing light! Consequently, we just played around and had some fun getting to know each other better!
Just a quick note. Some of these images are mine and some are Gabe’s. I always dreamed of marrying someone who like taking pictures too and God gave me my dream. I like shooting with him. He pushes me to try new things and always encourages and supports my dreams. The photos above. . . mine is on the left and his is on the right. One more thing Sydney likes is photography! Love this girl so much!
Finally, we made it to the spot we’d been waiting to get to. The tunnel near Krog Street Market. It’s full of graffiti and color and we thought some smoke bombs and using the lights Gabe build me would be awesome! Uh, it was. I’m gonna be honest with you. I learn a lot of stuff about lighting from friends who buy umbrellas and flashes and triggers and that’s great. Gabe works in the movies and builds lights for the set. . . awesome right! Well, he built me some lights that they use in the movies and I was kind of skeptical because it was different. You guys, his lights blew me out of the water! Look at how pretty that light is one her! I’ll never question him again. . .well, maybe.
Okay, so the smoke bombs. We got some ideas from some other shots we’d seen so Gabe brought along his gas mask, I grabbed my clear umbrella and we gave it a shot. I think we smoked poor Sydney out but she was such a trooper!
Then we headed into the tunnel with a smoke bomb. I apologized to another photographer as we headed into the tunnel just in case it really smoked things up. Well, we basically smoked out the entire tunnel! It was so funny! We went running and laughing out while we could hear the other photographer excited about what he was getting from our smoke.
We had four smoke bombs left and so we decided to try one last location. These turned out awesome, I think. Also, check out Gabe’s lights again!
We had such a fun time with Sydney and we couldn’t thank her enough for being such a great sport! If you ever want to have a fun day doing crazy things with Gabe and me just drop me a line and we’ll dream something fun up. We are thinking about doing something with colored light tubes at night. And because behind the scenes are always fun, here’s what we look like on the other side of the camera.
Check out Gabe’s awesome light!