Chasity Sereal SS18

I'm very proud and honor to have collaborated with Chasity Sereal for her debut Spring Summer collection during NYFW. It was fun to shoot these dresses around the city. Each dress was hand made by the Houston, TX based designer. 

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Model // Skyrah @skyrahbliss

Designer // Chasity Sereal @chasitysereal

Stylist // Christine Louis @thelouisreign

Jewelry // Jessie Dugan @jessie.dugan

Chavi x Jason

This editorial was created around the word fearless. Fearless represents an attitude that nothing is impossible. Even when facing a difficult situation, having the courage and faith in knowing that the diamond is underneath the rock is what being fearless is all about.  

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Models // Chavi @chavisthill & Jason @jasebattiste

Stylist // Christine Louis @thelouisreign

Hair/Makeup // Kira Svitzer @svitzerland

Photo Assistant // Amonnie Nicolas @tylerart_

MeiJun Li

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Here is a session I did with the help of a friend. I wanted to learn some new techniques in lighting and asked if they can show me what they normally do. We asked one a friend to model and did some test. This was one of the more successful shoots I've done in terms of my expectations for the lighting. It was great that my friend was able to share a few tips and tricks. 

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MeiJun Li, 2016

Justin Charles

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This editorial here was done during my photoshoot summer blitz. I reconnected with a friend, Justin, at the train station. We spoke on the way home and we decided to schedule a shoot! Justin naturally has great style, so we went for something that reflected him. This was another experimental shoot where we were just having fun with different ideas. We even asked a local diner to borrow the teacup for the picture! 

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 Justin Charles // 2016

Justin Charles // 2016

Test Shoots

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This editorial is a combination of test shoots I did over the summer last year. I didn't want to spend my summer "resting" and not working on my craft. I sent out a mission for myself to keep shooting. A professor of mine once said that there is no resting in real life and that we should take whatever opportunity we have to shoot as much as possible. Because only through execution and practice do we become better at what we do. 

So along with photographing my friends, I reached out to model agencies to do model tests. Max, Michael, and Shaun are a part of this story and were great models to work with. The heat during that summer was unbearable but they all pushed through and gave their best. I find that to beat the heat, early morning shoots are better than afternoons. No assistant was along with these shoots, just my camera, the subject and I. Enjoy!

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This shoot with Michael was fun because I was using film. Whenever I use film, I always fear that I didn't get the shot. But that is the fun part about it, truly. I love being surprised by the results! 

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Shaun Bartholomew, 2016

Jude Poku

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This shoot here was a particularly fun one. I had just bought a medium format camera and wanted to test it out. I asked one of my best friends to come out and model for me. Jude was just as excited as I to try out this new (and pretty heavy) camera as I was. I brought along the 35mm as well just in case I totally butchered the 120. So we set out to a nearby park and had fun with it. 

As I expected, many of the shots were ruined. There was a whole roll that I exposed without taking the dark slide out. Some shots as well were overexposed. But the ones that did come out were great shots. Jude was very patient with my while I was learning how this new camera. It's always good to work with friends when using a new system. 

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Model // Jude Poku - 2016

Added bonus: Here are the first images I made off the medium format. (also the camera now warns me that the slide is still inside so I won't expose a roll of film without taking it out haha).

Story Time

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Story Time is a concept shoot I tried with a friend from school. I wanted to create a set specific studio and work with props. There was minimal planning for this shoot because I didn't want to go crazy and thought logistically about the props I had on hand. The white boxes are created out of large cardboard boxes covered using white seamless paper and taped together. The stuffed animals are from yours truly :) (yes, I still have all my stuff animals from childhood and the collect is still growing). Except the large baby blue bear came from the store (which was later returned haha). The books were old books I found at home and brought over. 

The idea for this concept actually came from the lollipop that a part of the still life. I don't remember where I got the lollipop from, but I remember looking at it and thinking about childhood and the innocence of children and what that means to someone who is older/not a child anymore. At the end of the shoot, for that still life, I ended up breaking the lollipop and shooting the pieces. 

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Model // Desiree Kong

Joanna Yoon

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Here is another early studio shoot. I wanted to keep practice at portraits and needed to find a model. Sometimes the best way to get someone for a sitting is to ask around. I asked a friend and he asked a friend. Most of my encounters with other creatives actually happen this way. 

In this shoot I used one light for the background and one for the subject. The studio space was small but we were able to have two set ups. One side had the blue seamless while the other had the pink. I find that working this way is much less stressful and more efficient. Joanna was a great model and put up with all my funny requests!

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Chelsea Smith

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Here is another on location shoot I did early on. I saw Chelsea's page online and asked her if she'd be interested in modeling for me. When she agreed, I got a team together to collaborate on this shoot. My sister styled and Jackie did the hair and makeup. I scouted the location prior to the shoot and found this location in Central Park. 

One of the area's we were shooting in, we actually needed a permit. I didn't know this until a guard told us we couldn't shoot there. We snuck back and forth whenever the guard wasn't looking to get some shots in. Luckily we got the shot and kept moving to the next location!

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On Location

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This was one of the first shoots I've done with a stranger. Now a good friend, Tim was willing to meet with me to model for this shoot. I scouted an area in Brooklyn before shoot and marked where each spot was. We did this one pretty early in the morning to beat the summer heat. One of the spots was part of a private residency. We asked the guard if it was ok to take a few shots. He was reluctant at first but allowed us to take the shots and we were able to get in a few frames. (Turns out some actors and actresses live there!!) Tim's friend was my assistant for that day and I used natural light with a reflector.

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This last image was actually an outtake. We decided to add it to the story because it fit his character and is spontaneous and fun. 

Submissions! Submissions! Submissions?

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This session was a special one because it was the first time I submitted my work for consideration. I discovered the magazine through Instagram and instantly fell in love. When I found out that their stories and features were done through submissions, I got excited and inspired. This was a chance for my work to be featured in an emerging magazine, to get my name out there!

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Chelsea, 2016

But, as many new and young photographers can relate to, I was unprepared. I didn't do enough research on what the magazine represented and the types of images they feature. Nonetheless I was determined. I asked my sister for help and together we found the models, the makeup artist, while she styled. The whole process was new and exciting!

 Sharena, 2016

Sharena, 2016

 Getting over the fear of what others think of your work is a big step. There will always be something that holds you back. But once you push yourself to cross over that boundary, then the next step becomes easier.   

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Although I didn't get selected for the issue, I was still grateful for the opportunity. To work with new people and connect with others in the arts always something I look forward to. And plus, there's always next time right! 

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Chelsea, Sharena & Shya, 2016

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Chelsea, Sharena & Shya, 2016

Shane + Alana

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Starting this section off, this shoot here is of two good friends of mine: Shane and Alana. This shoot was one of my first studio sessions and went a lot better than I expected. Previously shooting mostly on location, I didn't have much experience with controlled lighting. But, using what I've learned in class, I decided to give it a try. Using two light sources and bounce cards, I set up a color seamless and had the models interact with each other. The theme we drew inspiration from was 90s Hip Hop, with all its denim, plaid, and tennis shoe glory!

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Stories and Archive!

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It has been 7 months since my last "blog post", and I've declared that I was going to be updating it often. Now, I don't consider myself a blogger and am not good at keeping all my social media accounts up to date. But I finally figured out what I want to do with this section of my website.

Along with updating with general posts and reviews, I will be adding the stories that I shoot/archive in this section. Not all the editorials I create will live on the front end of the site. So with this section, I will post said editorials with a description on the shoot and the production of it. I will start with older stories just to get them up and will continue with new content. The archive will also live on Tumblr! Check out and follow Amanda Louis Photography for all images in the stories!

Make sure to check back the site for new content and stories as well as opinion and critique pieces. Follow me on Instagram at @a_louisphoto for behind the scenes images as well!