Seeing Double: An Adorama Article

About a month ago, I was asked to write an article on the concept and process of working with double exposures, both in camera and digitally through Photoshop. It was quite a challenge to determine how best to articulate what my process was, since double exposures by their nature are so experimental and versatile. But I think given the abstract nature of the subject matter, I wrote an article that could help emerging and new photographers begin to explore the concept of multiple exposure images. It was a little tricky to write, as most of my Natura work is a little too provocative to use in an article so targeted towards a general audience (alas, the fine art nudity was the unfortunate blow), but in the end, I'm very happy with the images I created to accompany the article. Below is one of my favorites, from a senior portraits session with my wonderful firecracker of a friend, Mina, who I have no doubt will take the world by storm one day.

© Alyssa Meadows

© Alyssa Meadows

If you want to see the article on the Adorama site itself, feel free to check it out here! There may or may not be a few friendly and familiar faces featured on there, as I had to create more digital examples of the photoshopped technique. Overall, I'm happy that I was able to write an article that may help others within the photography community, as it never hurts to lend a helping hand to fellow peers; if there's one thing I've learned after 2 years here in New York City, it's that everything seems to fall in place when you work together to create something special. 

New Portraits: Gabryal Rabinowitz

I always know it's going to be a great shoot on a day that I'm working with Gabryal; He's wonderfully charming, undeniably handsome, and one of the most genuine human beings I've had the pleasure of knowing. On top of all that, he's a truly amazing actor, so when he asked me to work with him on creating some new and improved headshots for him, I couldn't have been more excited. Casting directors, take note and check out his phenomenal website!

We chose to try for a more GQ-eqsue aesthetic and stylized portraits, and I am so thrilled with how they turned out! We elected to experiment with using a ring light in some of the shots, and I think it worked wonders for bringing out the texture in the velvet suit he wore for the first part of our shoot. It was an adventure using a new light that is not a normal piece of my lighting kit, but I absolutely love the results it produced. My favorites by far however are the sunset shots we created at the end of the day after scaling to the roof of my apartment building. We couldn't have asked for a more vibrant and beautiful sunset, and it paired spectacularly with his wardrobe; serendipity at its finest.

It's always such a joy to work with your friends, and I am so fortunate that I've been able to work with Gabryal for so many years now; here's to many more in the future!

Headshots: Ellyse Burnett

As a photographer often working within the film industry, I get to meet a lot of fabulous actors and actresses, and many of them come to be my closest friends. The beautiful and immensely talented Ellyse Burnett is certainly no exception, and I was thrilled when she asked me to do her headshots for her. If you recognize her, it might be from the upcoming web series I worked on a few month ago, Six Windows. While she may seem a bit shy at first take, she's got a smirk and sense of humor that will steal the show, and I loved trying to bring those aspects of her personality through in these images. Which, if I may as so bold to say, I think I achieved fairly well. I can't wait to see where her career will take her, because it's definitely leading to bigger and better things!

-Hair & Makeup by  Jodi King Makeup-

Kensi + Tommy Anniversary!

I was so excited when one of my favorite couples called me and asked me if I would like to do their one-year anniversary photos! Needless to say, I immediately and enthusiastically said yes, as I couldn't wait to take their pictures again. They wanted to do a little twist with their 'family' photos however to include their two adorable fur-babies, Nala and Harley, which I couldn't have been more excited about. They were easily some of the most beautiful pups I'd ever photographed, well behaved too! I love working with Kensi and Tommy because of their big hearts and the personality they bring to our photoshoots, and the love they have for each other is readily apparent. I never have to wonder if the shoot will go well, and we're always guaranteed to have a lot of fun, which I think shows through in the photos without question. Happy anniversary you two, and here's to many more!

Focus Philadelphia Book Release!

A few days ago, I was able to attend the book release party for the Philadelphia chapter of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), to celebrate the new Focus Philadelphia book! An honor as always, I was one of the photographers who was selected to have an image in the book, and couldn't wait to see my photo in print!

My photograph,  Strength , in this year's book!

My photograph, Strength, in this year's book!

With so many outstanding photographers (and over 400 individual photographs!) submitting to the competition, I wasn't sure if I my work would make the cut, but I'm happy to know that my images can compete with such a group of talented artists. To learn more about the competition/book, click here, and hopefully I'll have more good news for you all soon!

The cover of this year's book, straight from my Instagram.

The cover of this year's book, straight from my Instagram.

New Beginnings!

Last week, I had the lovely pleasure of shooting a baby shower for a lovely woman named Anita. Her sister inquired on whether I would be available to photograph the chic brunch they had planned, and of course I was more than happy to help them document such a special kind of celebration.

The baby, cutely coined "M" at the moment, is not expected to arrive until August, but the anticipation was undeniable! Both family and friends came to share wisdom, words of encouragement, and enthusiasm with this soon-to-be mom. 

I think my favorite part of the whole shower was the game they chose to play once the meal had commenced. They created the most adorable version of "Catch Phrase," which of course was baby themed. Overall it was a lovely event that seemed to bring everyone a little closer together, waiting for the arrival of their new family member. Here are some of my favorite shots from the day, hope you enjoy!

Headshots: Neil Brown

Over the last few months, I've had the chance to meet some fabulous actors and actresses in NYC, this handsome fella included! After seeing him in a few theatrical productions, I was quite impressed with his abilities, and couldn't wait to do his headshots!

We couldn't have asked for better weather on the day of our shoot (well, okay, maybe we could have). It was a perfect cloudy sky, and with the exception of having to dodge a few short bursts of rain showers, I think we made the most of a beautiful May day. Can't wait to see some more fabulous work from this guy!

Headshots: Michelle Jones

A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful pleasure of taking my good friend and talented actress Michelle Jones' head shots, and I have to say, I love how they turned out! It doesn't hurt that I had a very photogenic friend to work with, but hopefully these will help her in her pursuit of stardom! Can't wait to see her next performance, and to finish up the rest of her photos!

Focus Philadelphia 2014!

I'm so excited to announce that one of my photos was selected as one of the top 100 submitted to the annual Focus Philadelphia competition via ASMP! I can't wait to see the finished book that the photo will be printed in, and I feel so honored to be included in such a highly esteemed group of photographers. 

Strength © 2013. Model: Gabryal Rabinowitz

I've always loved how this photograph turned out, and I could not have asked for a better model in Gabryal Rabinowitz; is he for real with those muscles?! Looking at the images from that shoot, I can see just how far I've come and how much I have improved my work in the last few years. I hope I can get to do more of these soon!