This time were working with published Dallas model Tequila Grant. We first worked with Tequila last April which seems crazy to me we haven't even known each other a year yet because we've worked together so many times. This was our 6th shoot with Tequila and we got another planned this week. Look out for those soon! Tequila is Hampton university grad and one of best friends is as well. they actually knew each other, small world. but let's dive in.
As I've mastered various technical elements of photography it's become less about what should I do vs what I want to create. As a result of that it seems lately I've been going through these photographic mood swings. Most well known photographers are known for doing one thing very well. you can recognize a photo of theirs almost instantly because they have a style and they stick with it for most of, if not all of their career. So as a photographer I feel the need to develop (photography pun) my own style. and Tequila is the perfect model to help me whether she knew it or not.
Tequila is an amazing model, and Ive shoot with her enough times to see the many incarnations of myself over the last 10 or so months. These edits were particularly frustrating for me I have 9 different folders of edited pictures of this shoot with many different version of the same image. Some have over 10 different variations, but I was determined to get a handle on my style. The biggest help for me came from instagram, I took a tip from Dani Diamond and Jake Hicks and had a trial by fire social media style. I've been making minor tweeks every shoot and seeing what elicits the best response.
To be clear these images are not that...yet, but I feel closer. There are things now I must do to every photo, but there's so much more to try things I haven't even considered. I guess that's why I love photography so much it's the endless pursuit of perfection, I'm really excited to share these images as I'am every shoot to quote the rapper Logic " Progress is the motto."
Also Tequila is hosting a networking event on the 18th, visit her instagram for more information.
Model// Tequila Grant
Makeup// Alayza Casey
Photography// Deon Casey
IG: @deoncaseyphotography @alayzacaseymakeup @pricelesspatron
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