Like most new freelancers, I have a day job. Thankfully, I have the coolest day job of all time. (to skip and view the full gallery, scroll all the way down)
I am a buyer specialist at Buffalo Exchange in Tempe. Buffalo Exchange is a resale clothing store that you can sell your old clothing to. It’s an extremely supportive and creative environment with an emphasis on a love for fashion and is filled with amazing coworkers and people of all types. It has been the best experience to work there while starting my own business. Personal style and fashion has always been very important to me, so to have my day job be directly centered around a type of art I love is extremely motivating. It has been very meaningful for me to have the other half of my life be a creative outlet as well. It also happens to be extremely fun, sustainable, and challenging in a different aspect than my freelance work.
The BIGGEST perk of my job by far, is the people. Culture at Buffalo Exchange is so so important and I am honored to have met all these lovely people and get to work with them everyday. Because we all rarely get to do anything outside of work, I decided to organize a day just for us! My wonderful friend Maggie agreed to host it and we planned a Sunday full of music, friends, drinks, and photos. I set up my studio backdrop and encouraged everyone to get in front of the camera.
For me it was really amazing to see how people are when in such a supportive and positive environment - with friends. I really had hoped that the photos would portray the confidence that each one of these special people exudes.
In terms of photography, I used this opportunity to challenge myself artistically. Since studio lighting is fairly new to me, I tried to change my set-up based on each individual and what their personality demands.
Take Cornell, for example. Cornell is a person who’s personality commands a room. He is fun and light-hearted while simultaneously being extremely edgy and bold. I lit his portraits a bit harsher with my lights at pretty much a 90 degree angle on his face as well as some back lighting. I wanted a really dramatic affect. I also shot some of his photos from below in an attempt to exaggerate his stance.
Here are the results:
Now, in contrast to Cornell’s dramatic shots, I used much softer lighting at a 45 degree angle on Jordan. Jordan’s personality is calm, loving, and subtle. Her personal style is fairly minimalist and soft, however, bold in a different way. I wanted her photos to give off that same vibe. Most of her photos are at eye level with the lens or slightly above. They are also slightly symmetrical as I wanted to express the feeling of balance.
Another small note: If you look closer you’ll notice I didn’t have the backdrop entirely steamed and I also didn’t edit out the ripples in lightroom. I realized that they somehow added to Jordan’s photos- making them feel a bit warmer and homier.
Here are the results:
Now please feast your eyes on my beautiful and incredible coworkers in the gallery below. I love my fellow buffaloes to pieces.