Authentic Narrative Photography: Behind the Scenes with Flora Mirabilis
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by Zoe Smythe
1M ago
Capturing Authentic Stories Narrative portraits are about authentically telling the story of the person I am photographing, and I approach product photoshoots with the same dedication. Each shoot begins with thorough research, thoughtful preparation, styling, and customization to capture the product's story beautifully and authentically. It is important to me that I am telling the story in a meaningful way. The Story of Flora Mirabilis The creation of Flora Mirabilis is a labor of love for founder Jordan LaFragola. After years as an esthetician, Jordan launched her line of artisanal plant-base ..read more
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Celebrating Identity with Empowerment Portraits
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by Zoe Smythe
4M ago
Recently, I had the privilege of photographing one of my dearest friends. After seeing her portraits, she sent me the most amazing message about what the experience meant to her. She worte: “As a mom, moments for myself are rare, and being in front of a camera is even rarer. This experience made me feel like I was reclaiming a part of myself - made me feel seen, valued, and worthy beyond the role of a mother. The resulting portraits are a reminder of who I am, honoring my roots as well as the person I’ve become. This was a transformative experience for me, and I recommend it to anyone - espec ..read more
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Unveiling the Magic: Witness the Creation of a Narrative Portrait
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by Zoe Smythe
4M ago
Discover the transformative power of narrative portraiture in our latest video! I get so many questions about the collaborative process involved in crafting a narrative portrait. It can be hard to describe the process so I reached out to my friend Josh at StirStick to create a comprehensive video documenting every step from inception to completion—and I'm thrilled with the result! Josh understood the vision exceptionally well; he followed me for days, meticulously capturing the entire process from the initial interview and preparation to the final photoshoot, resulting in a stunning video show ..read more
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Unlocking Your Wardrobe Dreams: Crafting the Perfect Photoshoot Ensemble
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by Zoe Smythe
5M ago
Hey there, future stars of the camera! Today, I'm lifting the curtain to give you a glimpse into how we turn your wardrobe dreams into stunning reality for your photoshoot. From the get-go, I encourage my clients to think about wardrobe in a very aspirational way. Inspiration could come from a favorite moment in fashion history, a favorite designer, a movie or character that really speaks to you, or a dream item you have always wanted to wear the sky is the limit. At this stage in the planning process, we have to set aside self-imposed limits like logistics and budget. We will work with these ..read more
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Storytelling With Food Photography
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by Zoe Smythe
5M ago
Still-life photography is such a freeing way to stretch my creative muscles and hone new skills. I wouldn’t test a new method on a client, but I sure can with an orange! Every setup presents an opportunity to experiment, learn, and grow as a photographer. It's the endless journey of discovery that keeps me hooked on this craft. From mastering composition techniques to experimenting with different lighting setups, there's always something new to explore. What is Narrative Food Photography? At its core, narrative food photography is the art of telling stories through images of food. It goes bey ..read more
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MV Skansonia Wedding - Laural and Josh
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by Zoe Smythe
5M ago
Unconventional couples steal my heart every time! When I receive an inquiry for an offbeat wedding, my curiosity spikes. I'm eager to uncover their unique plans. From the get-go go Laural and Josh told me that they were doing their day their way. In fact, they didn’t even want the focus to be on them as the bride and groom. The ceremony was going to be kept just closest friends and family with a larger party featuring a trivia night afterward. When I arrived at the MV Skansonia, Seattle’s last wooden ferry boat, I spotted Laural putting the finishing touches on the dining tables. She looked ..read more
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People and Stories: Exploring My Why for Creating Narrative Portraits
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by Zoe Smythe
5M ago
Two things are required for portrait photography. A person or persons and a camera. With these two things, a portrait can take an infinity of forms. Selfie, headshot, candid, couple, family, traditional, environmental, corporate, fashion, lifestyle, you name it but the type of portrait that has my heart is the narrative portrait. My Narrative Portrait Origin Story: I started creating narrative portraits before I knew that was what I was creating. I had a nicely growing photography business in Brooklyn before the pandemic. When the pandemic started and my work was suddenly canceled or postpon ..read more
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Behind the Lens: The Importance of Taking Self-Portraits as a Portrait Photographer
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by Zoe Smythe
5M ago
As a narrative portrait photographer, my journey behind the lens has taught me valuable lessons about the art of capturing other people’s stories. Surprisingly, some of the most enlightening experiences have come from stepping in front of the camera and taking self-portraits. Here's why I believe it's crucial for every portrait photographer to embrace self-portraiture: A Chance to Practice Our Craft: My initial motivation for taking a self-portrait is usually to practice a new technique. When inspiration strikes I need to test my new idea as soon as possible and finding a willing model at 11 ..read more
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Beyond Scenic Views: Choosing a Meaningful Location for Your Seattle Engagement Session
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by Zoe Smythe
5M ago
Seattle has so many gorgeous scenic spots for your engagement photos and I don’t want you to choose any of them. Hear me out, instead of chasing popular vistas, I always encourage clients to select locations that hold sentimental value and tell the unique story of their relationship. Whenever I meet with couples and they ask if I have ideas for their engagement session I always turn the question back to them. I ask, what are locations that are significant to you as a couple? Here are my top 5 favorite locations for your engagement session: 1. The Place Where Love Blooms: Think about the place ..read more
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Seattle Love: Top 10 Valentine's Day Ideas for 2024 with Your Significant Other, Family, or Besties
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by Zoe Smythe
5M ago
As a wedding and portrait photographer, I’m always up for a celebration of love! My idea of a perfect Valentine's Day has changed over the years. These days I love the idea of being able to celebrate with friends and family. Welcome to the ultimate guide for a heartwarming Valentine's Day in Seattle in 2024! Whether you're wrapped in the arms of your significant other, surrounded by the laughter of family, or enjoying the company of your bestie, or friend group, this list of top 10 ideas and gifts is tailor-made to make your Valentine's Day unforgettable. 1. Molly Moon’s Ice Cream Date: Head ..read more
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