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Real Estate Photography

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I like to have my fingers in many pies, so to speak. Real estate photography has long been a market that I have wondered about but ignored, for the most part. Wonder no more, Alaina.

Many thanks to some helpful advice from a real estate broker, I will be taking extra measures to buff up my portfolio and hustling in this direction. New things are on the horizon! Thanks Brian!

Shots for Sale!

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Shots for Sale!

Ok so not these specific shots…

In addition to my other photography ventures, I really do enjoy product photography. While I would rather have a product that does require advanced styling, I still find some fulfillment in basic shots isolated on black or white. It is minimalist but effective. Sometimes it is easy to forget that all those shots populating those online storefronts we frequent had to be skillfully photographed.

When cell phone snapshots just won’t cut it, contact a professional. Your future sales depend on it.

 

Boudoir shoot: Meet Miss M.

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Meet Miss M.

She decided to celebrate her recent weight loss. Feeling confident in her transformed body, she stepped outside of her comfort zone and onto my set. Like many often do, she arrived a bit nervous and a little uncertain but those anxieties were quickly eased once she was in the makeup chair and talking with us girls over some white wine. Amanda used her master cosmetology skills to enhance and polish M.’s natural beauty. She was also very helpful during the shoot.

M. came prepared! Not only did she bring a great clothing selection, she brought her own music playlist that we rocked out to throughout the shoot. (She seriously has excellent taste in music!) She personally requested to use her band tees. I love it! She is gorgeous and she deserves to know it! Hot damn! I’m so glad that she did this for herself and I’m so glad that I could do this for her.

 

 

 

Fashion: Her Big Day: A Cultural Wedding Affair

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Recently, a new friend invited me to photograph an event; Her Big Day: A Cultural Wedding Affair. The showroom was full of brilliantly arranged and decorated booths featuring some of the finest wedding garments, floral arrangements, jewelry, and beauty specialists in the industry.

Designers’ featured their culturally diverse designs in a spectacular fashion show. The gorgeous models we just as diverse in all size, shape, attitude, and ethnicity.

Updated Site Design!


Updated Site Design!
I hate web design. But I made this site at the cost of some degree of sanity out of sheer necessity. Over the last few days, I have been attempting to update both the form and function of the site itself while also adding more quality content. Some things that you might notice:

  • Online Booking
  • Interractive Menus
  • Gallery Layouts

I’d rather be shooting.

 

product photography: Browse Hardware

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Browse Hardware Product Shoot

Good news, Everyone! Business has been gaining some more traction. I have been partnering with Browse Hardware photographing some of their point of sale hardware. The products were shot isolated on a white background. In addition to shooting them on white, I took to the streets to photograph the setup in a quaint cafe setting. It was a great project. And I’ve already started on a completely new project for Browse Hardware! Keep it coming! Repeat business rocks!

I am always seeking to add to my list of commercial contacts! I love working with people that truly understand the full impact that quality photography can have on a business; increased sales through inspired interest, professional and consistent branding, informed and empowered customers, etc. Commercial product photography is a whole different game than lifestyle portrait photography. While I do enjoy both, I feel that I have more freedom to obsess over those tiny details that can make or break a product photo. And yes, I do obsess. A lot. I am eternally grateful for each and every client that arrives with a prepared product however I always take preparation a step further. You would be surprised how many almost invisible tiny hairs that I will find on a “clean” product.I like this game of I-spy, though. haha

Pike Place Market Photo Walk 2016

Pike Place Market

A recent project had me snapping some shots with a wide lens around Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. I arrived relatively early but the market was already bustling. Businesses were rushing to prepare for commerce. Bakers were baking. Produce stands were sampling their wares to passersby. Shoppers and tourists happily shuffled the halls of the indoor market in search of artisan products or other treasures that might be found within some hidden nook of the public market. The historic halls still have life to them yet!

Outside of the comfort and safety of the market, the air was incredibly heavy with humidity. The sky threatened rain. The brisk wind reminded pedestrians that autumn is around the corner.

If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend visiting Pike Place. Visit if only to experience a little piece of Seattle history and culture. (Guided tours are available) Experience the produce and flower stands. Experience the fish markets. Experience the baked goods and artisan crafts. Experience Seattle.

Studio Upgrade 2016! Ciceri Photo: Kirkland, WA

Studio
It is good to take time to remember our accomplishments and celebrate our growth. Not long ago, my home studio was little more than a nook in the garage.

Most of my work was done on location.

The aesthetics of my humble studio truly didn’t matter that much. Between the mobile portraits and warehouse product photos, I didn’t have anyone to impress in my own garage. ( I often chose to work without pants, even.)

But with my persistence in pursuing portrait photography, I developed the need for a proper home studio. (There is just something off putting about asking people to allow me to photograph them in my garage. *breathes heavily* lol) Granted, space is still quite limited but it serves its purpose quite well. I’ve moved out of the dark, dank garage and into a more refined and comfortable work space; a work space with HEAT. It isn’t much but this studio is mine. Of course, I could also go absolutely nuts acquiring better and better gear (and I will haha) but as it stands, this is my little space where magic happens. Huzzah!

I’m so pleased with the way my new nook is working out.  Now I just need to do a better job decorating the walls.  😛

2016 Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show

 

I’ve been meaning to go to the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show for the past few years however, my schedule never seemed to allow for it. Not this year!

 

The day was one of the hottest of the year so far. Traffic was horrendous and we didn’t arrive until the early evening but none of that mattered once inside. Yeah, we were all thankful for the Tacoma Convention Center’s fine air conditioning system but more than that, the building seemed to be buzzing with positive energy.

Once up the escalators, visitors were greeted by bells, lasers, beeps, boops, and the general rumble of engaged players and eager onlookers. The price of admission ($30 for that Saturday of the weekend event) seemed a little steep at first however we quickly recovered the value through what we would have spent in quarters if not for the free play all around. It was fun to try so many machines but I especially enjoyed some of the older pinball machines. While some relived fond memories of ages past, some were just now experiencing these older technologies for the first time. That was fun to observe. We stayed until the event closed at 11:30PM. To be honest, I could have played a few more hours. Perhaps I should consider the weekend pass for next year? My only real complaint was the lack of hand sanitizer stations. It would have been nice to see some dispersed between some aisles however I am uncertain if hand sanitizer itself might damage some of the machines’ components. Oh well. We brought our own and were careful about it. ;P

 

 

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