My First Ever Stylized Portrait Shoot

I have a little confession.  Every once in a while, I go through a major creative rut.  The first time this happen to me was in 2016.  It seemed as though every idea I came up with for a creative shoot, another photographer would beat me to it.  So, I decided to go off the grid for a little bit.  I literally took 4 months off from the business, I needed a recharge.  And that was the best thing I could have done.  It was during this time that I came up with the idea for my creative shoot.


Driving home from Ft Sam Houston one day, it hit me. One theme that I hadn’t seen another teen photographer do was a tribute to the military. I came home and immediately started brainstorming. I planned on four girls, one to represent the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.  I planned outfits for each service, I wanted modern and contemporary, yet still respectful. Then, I had to select the models.  There were two girls that I knew I definitely wanted for this shoot.  There was a girl that I would always see walking to school, and she was stunning.  I reached out to her and her parents.  The last girl was a last-minute addition when the original girl I had picked could no longer do the shoot.  I scheduled a meeting with the girls and their parents to discuss my vision. I let them decide which service they wanted to represent.  Yazi selected the Air Force, as her mother was a MSgt in the Air force at the time.  Jada selected Army, her grandfather retired from the Army.  Jillian picked the Navy, as her dad started his military career in the Navy.  And Kayla got the Marines by default, lol.  It was at this meeting that Jillian’s sister was there, and I asked her to be the one thing that ties all the services together…the US flag.


A few weeks after the meeting, I met with a seamstress.  Her name is Staci Rizner of Staci Rizner Costume and Prop.  She designed and made the Navy and Air Force outfit, as well as the Marine pants.  For the rest of the outfits, I purchased the rest of the items off EBay


I worked with my makeup artist, Renee of Makeup by Renee, who came up with the look for each girl.  I also contacted a hair artist from Austin, Miche, who did all of the hair for the girls.  Everything really worked out, and I couldn’t be happier with the results of my first ever stylized shoot. 


Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”

President Harry Truman

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Danyelle Johnson