Imaginale Design

Motion Workshop Styled Shoots

Now that you know what it's all about (catch up if you don't!) ... we are going to get knee-deep in storyboarding and art directing here.

First is the vision. The mood. This is the place I start and then Alex translates this through styling and art direction on Pinterest.  Wait, WHAT? The best way I can describe this, is basically that Alex translates the vision I have of the character and mood by pinning images that match that and provide inspiration. I'll also pin a few things that stand out to me as I think about filming and the storyline.

After this, Alex pulls clothing and props and basically translates our vision board into reality, including finding the model that suits the look. After having worked together so much - Alex knows exactly what kind elements work best for motion - especially my style of filming.
There were multiple styled shoots (did I mention Alex Evjen is a beast?!) but I'm only going to focus on a few so I don't overwhelm you with content.

The bride: I have personally always wanted to set up a shoot with a very haunting, bohemian feel - something that isn't so typical for bridal shoots. I knew this would push some of my attendees out of their comfort zone, and I was okay with that :) Here's a look at the board Alex curated for this look:

I was DYING. I could swim in this style ALL DAY.  One of Alex's clients, Fame & Partners, became one of the workshop sponsors and sent us a gown specifically for this look. If you go on their website, they actually have videos on some of the dresses so you can see it in motion. GENIUS, right?! As soon as we saw a clip of the dress with movement, we knew that was the one.

Alex took into account the space the attendees were shooting in and communicated some of these ideas to Hilary who was doing florals.  Every single detail from the the floral cuff on Madeleine's wrist to the florals floating in the fountain were thought about. Here is what I filmed at the workshop for this look:

Because half of my attendees were highschool senior photographers, we made sure to have 2 styled shoots catered specifically to this group.
And see what one of my attendees did in motion - BRILLIANT!!

Translated through photos:
photography by Mary Claire

I don't know what I would have done without Alex or Mary Claire.  There was a moment during lunch that I ran to the back to collect myself and the two of them were right there, full of encouragement and support.  I think that's what I'll remember most about these days - these relationships. Brainstorming, slapping on fake tattoos to instagram, pep talks, and dreaming about ways to change our industry.

What I loved most about this first workshop was watching my attendees grow and change things up by incorporating films into their business.  It truly left me speechless to see what they did after the workshop.  That's what I want to do in this industry - change the way people think of and use motion :) Let me know if you want to be a part of that!

Styling and Art Direction: AVE Styles |  Florals: Hilary Lamb |  Make-up: SN Makeup |  Hair: Miriam Kenly |  Model: Madeleine Alexandra |  Assistant: Mary Claire | Dress: Fame & Partners | Event: The Motion Workshop

The Motion Workshop

Part 2. // (see Part 1 here)

So why did I decide to hold a workshop?

I had noticed that a majority of the video workshops happening (online and off) were heavily focused on gear and aimed at very experienced videographers. This sort of left out photographers who didn't originally start their journey through video, but over the past few years have developed a serious interest in it. But it doesn't stop there because I think there's something JUST as important (sometimes even more than) gear when it comes to cinematography: human connection.
See, photographers have the amazing ability to have gear that can transition them from stills to video/motion instantly AND know the fundamentals of creating an image (composition, message, lighting). But, when you've been thinking in stills for years, the transition to motion isn't always easy. You are no longer capturing a single still. You are unfolding a moment from start to end. Or, you unfold a moment in an unanticipated way to heighten your viewer's interest. See, that's the kind of stuff that gets me excited. How to set a mood through motion, how to direct, how to create a character, and keeping your viewer's attention.
The Motion Workshop teaches artists the power of motion storytelling. We cover everything from filming for your brand, consistent imagery, creating value for your product, storyboarding, directing clients who aren't models, human connection, technical details, and a beautifully styled set of shoots to do hands-on filming and editing. I also have one-on-one time with each attendee to discuss their specific journey and what their current needs are to incorporate motion into their work.

Photography by Mary Claire

So that's what this is all about. A bit of my world and what I love to do :) Here's where to sign up to be on the mailing list to find out when I announce the next one: The Motion Workshop

Next, we will unfold the magic that happens in conceptualizing the styled shoots! 

Styling and Art Direction: AVE Styles |  Florals: Hilary Lamb |  Make-up: SN Makeup |  Hair: Miriam Kenly |  Model: Madeleine Alexandra |  Assistant: Mary Claire | Dress: Fame & Partners | Event: The Motion Workshop

The Motion Workshop

Part 1.

This was by far one of the most challenging things I've ever accomplished.

My heart wouldn't stop racing weeks before the workshop, knowing it was just around the corner. A moment I had been waiting for and imagining for so long. I remember back in January having a small freak out about securing a location, getting goody bags, and allllll the tiny, millions of details involved in a workshop. While lying on the couch, I told Alex on the phone "I just don't know if there's enough time for a Spring workshop." Alex then proceeded to remind me that I should start with only 2 things: Me teaching, her styling. That's it. And that's the beauty of our partnership with films - we start with what we know best. Over the next few posts, I'll share more details on what the workshop was like, but today I just wanted to share this image. Since I was teaching, I had to steal little moments to film and photograph some of the styled shoots and this one was by far the one that I resonated with the most.

There's dreaming, there's pre-visualizing, then there's execution. I start with a message - a mood - maybe a story. I partner with Alex of AVE Styles to storyboard the tangibles: what will the dress look like? How will it move? What would make sense for the model's hair? I know the characteristics and the emotion, and Alex helps me make it tangible. I'm in love with narratives and directing - so by creating that scene for the model, she can then take hold of that character and embody it. Madeleine Alexandra, this girl right here, was made for motion. Everyday, I am thankful for small dreams that turn into realities and this is what I want to keep making...
Probably one of my most favorite images.

This team. This teeeeeam. These artists have my back. It's one of those things that I don't even have to "check in" because I just KNOW they get it. I'm thankful for their killer talent:

Styling & Art Direction: AVE Styles |  Florals: Hilary Lamb |  Make-up: SN Makeup |  Hair: Miriam Kenly |  Model: Madeleine Alexandra |  Assistant: Mary Claire | Dress: Fame & Partners | Event: The Motion Workshop

Floral Edge: My Place

In the midst of the holidays winding down last year, I had a sudden urge to do a personal project. I had a specific vision in my head and I knew who would be perfect for it.

While I've seen plenty of floral crowns making rounds on social media, I'm still obsessed. However, I knew I wanted to take a different approach to it. If I take time to work on any personal projects, then the project has to be the kind of work that can't get out of my head. The kind of work I yearn to do more of, no matter how busy I may be. We should all make time for those moments...

There's nothing more inspiring than having a subject that completely embodies your vision. That would be Stephanie - who was also the make-up artist.  I contacted Alex to pull specifics for styling and we made it happen. My original plan was to go with one of Mignonne Handmade's gorgeous floral crowns - but as soon as the girls dug through my closet and found this red floral crown I made last year, they knew it was perfect for Stephanie. Not many can pull off this dramatic crown.

I mean, black lace bra, tattoos, graphic tee, and a red floral crown?  Y E S
These were shot in film...
I don't know what it is, but I completely resonate with mixing the tough and soft. The haunting with the romantic. The sketched lines with the watercolor. It's a visual that speaks to my style and I don't always get to express it. But when I do... AHHHH it feels liberating.
And getting to do this in motion? That's my dream. Speaking of motion, I made a special announcement about releasing my first Motion Workshop. Details here :) What can YOU not get out of your head? What's holding you back? What if you kept it simple? I want you to make it happen.

Deconstructing a Photo

Let's dig deep into the process of these images of Katie of La Rousse Photo. Like I said before, Katie loves movement as much as I do. I wanted these images to feel like you were swimming in between the movement.

Pre-visualize. Before you start your shoot, ask yourself what type of mood you'd like to establish with your images. If I don't have a message to tell or an emotion to establish, then I'm shooting without intention. When I DO have a message, I am finding ways to TELL YOU this message. I think about how my composition, subject movement, and light are the ways in which I communicate. It can't just be about what's in front of me. 

And behind the layers of creating the photo - before I even pick up the camera - it all starts with your subject. Honestly, what takes time in a business is to draw in the clients that resonate with your style. And I'm not talking about clients with style, I'm talking about clients that simply connect with your work emotionally. They will bring it if they believe in it. If you're not there yet, then start with friends. Take steps towards that direction. If you are consistent, I promise you will get there sooner. If you have a hard time articulating the style, hire a stylist. Alex of AVE Styles was Katie's styling consultant to prep her for her trip from LA.

You're as strong as your team.

And if it's just you (which is completely fine) then at least sit down, before the camera is in your hand, and imagine what those photos of that specific person in that specific environment could look like. Once you're there, don't force anything - but at least you will be mentally prepared to create visuals with a meaning.