I had the privilege to do a sister shoot of the reigning Miss Las Vegas 2017, and Miss Las Vegas' Outstanding Teen 2017. Although we met up early in the morning, we're definitely grateful because it wasn't as hot just yet. I had a fun time exploring different backdrops through Downtown Las Vegas area with these two! Enjoy the photos :]
Both of these women are a part of the Miss Nevada Organization which is an official preliminary to Miss America, and Miss America's Outstanding Teen. The Miss Nevada Organization enables these young women the opportunity to make a difference in their communities promoting platforms that are close to their hearts, while earning scholarship money.
The reigning Miss Las Vegas 2017 is Alexis Hilts. She is a double major at UNLV (biochemistry and political science) and will be applying to grad school! She was also 1st runner up at Miss Nevada, and walked away with thousands in scholarships for her achievements (top interview, top onstage question, top gown, and 1st runner up overall). Her platform focuses on STEM Education.
The reigning Miss Las Vegas' Outstanding Teen 2017 is Alexa Fahd. She is a very talented dancer, and has such a fun personality. I loved getting to know her through this shoot! She was 4th runner up at Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen and her platform focuses on animal adoption, rather than purchasing from pet shops.
Pageant girls aren't new to being behind my camera. But they go for a totally different look when they shoot for a professional headshot for Linkedin, or even med school applications. ;]
On this blog, you'll see former Miss Nevada 2015 Katherine Kelley, and our current Miss Las Vegas Alexis Hilts. Both of them needed professional headshots for different reasons. As I've mentioned in recent blogs, I've been working with natural light. All of these professional headshots were taken outside and edited in photoshop.
Katherine Kelley is currently in D.C. attending The George Washington University, and interning for a non-profit organization. She needed an updated professional headshot for her Linkedin so on her trip to Las Vegas to attend Miss Nevada, I got some time with her behind my camera. :]
Alexis Hilts is not just our current Miss Las Vegas, but she was 1st Runner Up at Miss Nevada 2017, and is applying to med school! So of course she needed a professional shot to turn in for her med school applications. Enjoy!
This year I've stepped out of my comfort zone, and started doing headshots in 100% natural light. There is a well known photographer and educator that built her business entirely on natural light, so I did learn a lot from her, but I was still nervous to make this leap. I have to say though, I absolutely love the softness of natural light and the colors that natural light brings out in my clients eyes.
My goal with headshots is to make sure my clients look and feel confident, and importantly walk away with photos that they love.
Most of the headshots I do are for pageants. My first pageant headshot was sponsored and I watched the photographer go through his Photoshop quickly, changing everything about me, taking away all skin texture, making my eyes bigger, and leaving me with an image of me that looked like a porcelain doll. Needless to say, I was too embarrassed to use the image and had a friend take my photo instead.
The important thing about pageant headshots, is that each contestant looks like their photograph. Paperwork, headshots, and social media are the first impressions judges have of each contestant before they get to interview them. So it's very important to make a great impression and walk into the judges room, looking like the woman in the photograph.
I think that is one of the things I love so much about the natural light. It brings out the natural colors in eyes, and softly illuminates skin, complimenting all skin tones. So here are my most recent headshots that I'm proud to say are 100% natural light.
I was so excited to do this shoot of baby Christopher! This was 100% natural light in front of a large window. He wasn't too keen on the idea of being wrapped up, so we did the best we could. He is definitely a stretchy little guy!