Sketch Runs Away

Sketch Runs Away

Sketch was sad.  Life on paper left her flat and lifeless. Sketch ran away.  Life on paper was two dimensional, and she wanted more. Sketch wasn’t sure what these were.  But maybe these were “friends.” Sketch will never go back to paper.  This world was so far beyond the borders she had been constrained to . . . and she loved it. The horses were an unintended addition to the series.  I ventured out into the pasture, noting that the horses were grazing off in the distance.  Shortly into shooting in the empty field, however, I heard the thunderous sound of 40 horses running towards me. It was one of those moments where you freeze with fear: I was alone, I didn’t have my phone, these things are massive, and I don’t look like a normal human. They circled up around me and began curiously nuzzling and sniffing me.  One was particularly interested in my camera on the tripod… he was notorious for photobombing for the rest of the shoot. So for him, here are some of his best bombs. www.facebook.com/Aleahmichelephotography www.instagram.com/aleah_michele...
Grace & Mike: Engagement

Grace & Mike: Engagement

“Some people meet the way the sky meets the earth, inevitably, and there is no stopping or holding back their love. It exists in a finished world, beyond the reach of common sense.” -Louise Erdrich These two met early on in high school and have been together ever since. They have had the opportunity to grow together through so many of life’s transitions so far, graduation, college, long distance, maturing, and serving; and with marriage on the horizon, they have countless more to come.  I’m so happy I had the privilege to photograph them and capture a glimpse of the beauty of their love.     “Come away with me. Let’s go somewhere. You and me, just the two of us. Let’s wander through darkness. Forget our worries and do all the things today that will help carve a better tomorrow.” -R.M....
BTS: Life Cycles

BTS: Life Cycles

Caterpillar: Disguised Endings ” New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings…”-Lao Tzu Chrysalis: Allowed to Become “She knew this transition was not about becoming someone better, but about finally allowing herself to become who she’d always been.” – Amy Rubin Moth: Delight in the Beauty “We delight in the beauty of a butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou Behind the Scenes The Team   MUA: Allison Lodato Model: Liberty Darr Tree-Climbing Assistant: Laryssa Fierle We had an absolutely delightful evening eating apple chicken, getting dolled up, mothing about, climbing trees, and taking photos!  I couldn’t have asked for a better team to make this shoot happen with.  Allison did a fabulous job on make-up, Liberty made the cutest most bubbly moth, and Laryssa saved the day by becoming a sloth-lady and holding the cocoon up in the tree! The Outtakes...
The Color Red

The Color Red

The color red.  To me, red is unabashedly bold.  It is the first color that catches our eye.  It has the longest wave length and bounds toward our attention first like an eager student in class.  It is the color of life in our veins, the blush on a face, and the petals of a rose. “Red protects itself.  No colour is as territorial.  It stakes a claim, is on the alert against the spectrum.” – Derek Jarman It is passionate, it cannot be quiet.  What if Red, in all of her vibrancy, wished to be calm and subdued.  What if she wished to be a color not her own? Red searches for other colors.  Red finds Blue. Red finds Green. Red finds Yellow. Red wishes to change her color. For this shoot I really did paint myself completely red.  Head to toe.  It was quite possibly the most uncomfortable experience of my life.  Not only was it 85 degrees and dreadfully muggy… but the paint was so sticky and icky that little bugs kept getting stuck on me!!!!  Also, I looked positively terrifying and can only imagine what any passerby must have thought of the spectacle! https://www.facebook.com/Aleahmichelephotography/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/-si-tu-savais-/...
BTS: Mermaid Tail

BTS: Mermaid Tail

**I’ll start this post with a disclaimer.  There are many other ways to create a tail, my choices were based on the materials I know how to work with, a low budget, and experimentation.  That being said, it was huge learning process and the next time I make a tail I will know far better/more efficient ways to create it!** Materials: Black Neoprene Gold Spandex (Swimsuit grade) Flippers Fabric Flower Petals Hot Glue 2-3 Gold/Pearl Fabric Paint Bottles Illusion Fabric in Nude   1) Create Neoprene Base Rather than purchasing Neoprene by the yard, I used an old scuba suit.  I cut the inner seam and sewed both sides together.  A simple way to figure out shape, sit on top, line up the bottom with your ankles, and trace your shape with white chalk.  Leave 1/4 inch extra along all seams for sewing. 2) Create Spandex Slip Cover Line up two sheets of spandex with the pattern side in.  Lay the neoprene base over-top and carefully trace around ( I used a red washable marker).  Place pins on the inside of the line.  Cut 1/4 inch away from the line all the way around.  Use the line as your sewing guide.  With stretchy materials, sew everything twice for strength but NEVER sew the top or bottom if you are not using stretchy thread! 3) Flipper Covers You may use either a Monofin or Flippers for this step.  Place the Flipper/Fin on the backside of the spandex, trace with marker.  I left extra fabric at the end and fluted the ends so that they could pull on like socks.  In...
The Mother Daughter Bond

The Mother Daughter Bond

“A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous.” The mother-daughter bond.  Few things are like it.  It is a bond of beauty, vulnerability, and love.  A short while back, Kristen contacted me about shooting a conceptual mother-daughter series.  She wanted to capture the preciousness of her relationship with her daughter Ruby in a portrait that would resemble fine art. The photo she hoped to emulate was a soft vintage photograph. This is the kind of shoot a photographer dreams about. To prepare for the shoot, I studied the poses of vintage photographs and old paintings.  I sketch out poses with the goal of emulating and learning from the beauty of the pose, while leaving room for individuals to make it their own. The light couldn’t have been anymore perfect or magical! These photos also represent generational love and the miracle of life.  For Kristen and James, little Ruby, living up to her name, is precious as a gem.  She was a miracle baby born at 24 weeks and weighing only 1 pound 8 ounces.  Surpassing all odds and shattering statistics, she proved that especially a life so tiny is a gift.  For Kristen, a woman who had always dreamed of being a mother; and who, as a little girl, lined up her dolls pretending they were her children; Ruby was a lifetime longing come true. Kristen explained that 7 years ago today, September 11th 2008, her water broke at 22 weeks.  Kristen, James, and the Doctors feared they would loose her. “The Dr’s told us that I should just get up and walk around to not prolong the inevitable. They had no...

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