Summer Camp

because when you and your girls are artists and you want some pictures together, you go above and beyond

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inspired by bruce weber's summer camp

want your own summer camp session with your girlfriends? your sister? your puppy? book now! 

 

Summer Bridal Fashion

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Talent: Carrie T @ Brand Model and Talent

Photography: Sidney Kraemer

Makeup and Hair: Charlette Paul

Gowns: Ti Adora Bridal courtesy of Poppy Bride

 

Loveliness // A Long Beach Intimate Portrait Session

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. 

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Shot on location in Long Beach.

Makeup by Brittany Mercer

Photography by Sidney Kraemer

Inspired by the word lovely, light pink florals were mixed with a wardrobe of long laced nightgowns, grey robes and sweet negligee. We didn't want Banke to appear to made up. The makeup was kept natural with strong highlights. That extra bit of glimmer, adding a bit of fantasy. The smallest of flower petals were placed below an eye for one look, with tiny white pearls. A loose bundle of spray roses is held as a bouquet and a short white veil made an appearance with roses attached to the bottom.

In a world that demands loudness and seems made for extroverts, stillness can often be overlooked. In the quiet though, there is much beauty. In our natural state, we are lovely.

In a world, that can often be painful and ugly; be the beauty, be the light.

Historic Mission Family Session

Location, location, location. When it comes to your portrait session the perfect location makes it much easier to get amazing photographs. For the Meckley family the perfect location was an old mission in South Orange County. Not only did the scene encompass beauty, but it held meaning for the family, the wife, a California Native can trace her roots back to the first Spanish settlers in the area. After living in several different states, she came back to Orange County with her husband and their son and is now able to look back on these family photos with affection, feeling everythings come full circle. My heart skips a beat thinking of the history, the ancestral roots within the images now captured for the future, for generations to come.

The mixture of crumbling architecture and elegant black and white fashion creates a stunning juxtaposition. Capturing all this beauty combined with the family's obvious love and happiness is what makes me happy to be a photographer. For me, photographing a family is much more than shooting a couple pretty portraits. It's about providing the family with something tangible that they are able to look back on and see how they smiled together, laughed together, and gazed with affection towards one another. Husband, wife, and son together - what a joy to capture!

Sydney - Floral Inspired Boudoir Shoot

 

"Don't forget to fall in love with yourself first."

-Carrie Bradshaw

 

Sydney @ Brand Model and Talent

Styling & Creative Direction: Mac Meckley

Makeup & Hair: Mac Meckley

Photography: Sidney Kraemer

 

Portrait Session with Tommy

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A bit ago I was contacted to do a session for Tommy. A runner, he was looking to test his feet in some fitness modeling. Never been in front of the camera, he came into the studio a bit nervous but after just a few minutes was feeling like a pro! Here's the results.    

Studio Day with Male Model Matthew

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  I don't always shoot men, but when I do it's not a bad day. Check out this portrait session with Matthew R. taken in the studio. We had some good laughs and he was a pleasure to shoot. There's something about showing some skin, that makes one vulnerable and I like to thank everyone that gets in front of my camera and trusts me and my artistic vision. 

Ocean Calling

The ocean, the beach- it's like pure medicine to me. I need to live near it. Too much time without gazing at the horizon, too much time without touching my toes to the water, or walking on the sand and I break a little inside. While California water gets cold, dipping into it and floating on its surface, the temperature doesn't matter to me. It's healing and as I grow older, I become more and more self aware of a much needed connection I have to the sea that I just cannot ignored. During my time in college, a great professor, downright scared me. He scared me because he spoke of "burning out." He shared that many students he would talk with after graduating did not want to photograph anymore. Since then, I have burnt out, many times.  My relationship with photography has been a continual rollercoaster of love and hate. I'm always wanting to get better and in response to this, I've gotten angry. I push myself and I burn out. But, then I get anxious and I need to create. I need to pick up that camera.

The ocean helps. It inspires. It heals. It reignites the flame. It's a reset for me, a way of stepping back and acknowledging the grandness of the world. It's hard to do that in the world today. There is a constant demand of instant, new work. Share! Share! Share! But it's in those moments of rest for me that the seed of something great has time to develop, to be created. I need to live a life, in order to create something lasting.

The ocean is an inspiration to so many and means a great different things to people. But here, this story is a reflection of the calm, the quiet, and the stillness it can bring directly to one's soul.

Model Kelly Coker shows up as the ultimate beach goddess in Malibu, California.

Makeup by Maddie Buffardi

Photography & Art Direction: Sidney Kraemer

Photography Assistant: Alexa Smith

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Painted Gems

For those of you that don't know, over the last couple months I have had the privilege of being part of parsonsxteenvogue. I absolutely love, love learning and am always looking for ways to educate myself further, expand, and continue to be well rounded. When I heard that Parsons School of Design was partnering with Teen Vogue I immediately wanted to find out more about the program. The two icons of the fashion industry decided to get together and offer a boat load of information and as someone who shoots fashion, I thought it would be valuable to know more about each facet. While I primarily deal with a finished product before it goes out to consumers, It has been both eye-opening and inspiring to see the makings of this vast enterprise.

Recently we had the opportunity to make our own product. If y'all follow me on instagram you were able to see the final product of my own concept over there. For those of you that missed it check out the picture below.

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Inspired by an image I took of the American flag, I just kept mulling over the blue and the stars-Stars and shinning. Sparkles. Diamonds. Shine bright like a diamond-my mind is friggin crazy but let's not get into that. Without millions of dollars to spend on diamonds I thought of my options and the idea to paint the entire necklace came to me. I wanted to be obvious it was painted and lots of canvas to show.

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I had lots of fun with the details. A huge fan of bows, a big black ribbon was used to tie it around the neck. To secure the ribbon, I found a couple beautiful abalone shells (in the back drawer of my closet) and hand sewed them on with a thick gold thread.

It was so good to use my hands in a different way than usual and get back to my fine art roots in painting. As an artist I am super proned to self-loathing and criticizing, definitely my own worst critic, but I am so happy to wear this necklace I am thinking to create a few for some last minute holidays gifts!

LA Winter Fashion Story

Everyone, I'm pumped to share this story with you all. Shot in Los Angeles Art's District, Model Lily shows off some california winter basics for any budget.

Forming a relationship with the subject of your lens has great benefits. While I often think photographers are worried about shooting more models, shooting with someone you already have before has its benefits. Where do you think muses come from? There's a level of trust that is there and often a smooth flow, like dancing. Having a level of comfort is essential for me when shooting. I'm asking someone to be vulnerable. I might ask them to show intense emotion or do something that might seem really silly to them. If they don't trust me, it will show, seeming forced or unnatural.

This is preciously why I like to speak to my models as much as I can before shooting. I try to have everything ready even before everyone's arrival, if its possible, and that way I can talk to my people. Get to know them a little bit before I start directing them from behind the camera. I find this is especially helpful for new faces.

Shooting with Lily again, I wanted to do something very different from the beauty shoot we had done previously. Her own personal style influenced my choices and this sort of vintage street style became the movement for the shoot. I was super inspired by the makeup trends for winter this year. I've always been a fan of the classic looking cateye, in the hands of my makeup artist, Crystal came out so beautiful.

I'm a big fan of Zara and they show up a few times in this story. Proving fashion does not have to cost an arm and a leg, Zara has become a major staple in many women and men's closet. I can still recall my first time in their store. I was in high school shopping with my sister at one of our favorite places, South Coast Plaza, known for its luxury designer stores, and she exclaimed that we just had to go in to Zara. Previously, I had always looked longingly at the dressed mannequins in the window and continued on assuming it was one of those stores I could never really purchase anything at. She led me in and years later it is still a must visit during shopping excursions. Oh my goodness and now with their kids line! I can safely assume Billy's closet is over half of the Zara brand. If you haven't checked out their kids line I order you to do so right now. For some more adult looks check out our story below.

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Skirt: Zara

Coat: H&M

Shirt: Ella Moss

Earrings: Leith

Shirt: 1.State

Ear Cuff: Leith

Blouse and Skirt: Zara

Shoes: Zara

Turtleneck: Zara

Model: Lily McCune

Makeup by Crystal Martinez @ Iconic Artistry

Dressing To Impress This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is officially behind us. I hope everyone can attest to eating as much turkey as I did. And now...onward to the Christmas season! I'm sure many of you will agree with me, there is something about Christmas that just makes everything good. There is nothing I love more than seeing all the lights and decorations. I absolutely love the window displays, each transporting you to magical world. I'll admit sometimes I head to the mall, grab a cup of cocoa, and my favorite almond croissant, just to look at the over the top holiday displays. The creativity that goes into everything is just one of the reasons I love the season so much.

Another reason it remains my favorite season is the holiday parties. Holiday parties are a chance for us to show that same creativity, luxury, and opulence. One of the few things in today's casual world we can still dress up for. Perhaps it is the cold weather allowing us to wear that outrageous fur coat that automatically ups the ante or the twinkling lights that provide the perfect ambience for our floor length gown we thought we would never have a chance to wear...but let us dress to impress this holiday season.

Last week I had the pleasure of shooting Miss Taylor Anne of Brand Models. Here she shows us some perfect holiday looks from the party, to after hours. Everyone on set was loving the sequined asymmetrical dress, vintage fur coat, black velvet, and classic lingerie. What do you guys think?

Model: Taylor Anne @ Brand Models

Makeup by Sharla Sobraska

Photography & Art Direction: Sidney Kraemer

Girlish Charm

Hope everyone is having a lovely week! Here's a fun little fashion editorial shot down at Balboa's Fun Zone, I'm calling it Little Miss (No) Fun Zone.

Model: Lizzie W
Art Direction & Photography: Sidney Kraemer

I loved shooting here! Born and raised in Orange County, my dad would bring my sister and I to the Fun Zone in the summer time. He would share stories of his own childhood summers staying with his grandmother on the peninsula. He and his brother would sneak ice creams on the ferris wheel the same way my sister and I did. The park has recently been restored to which I found such a great, classic SoCal backdrop for this shoot.

(I do miss the grimy ski ball machines and sparking bumper cars though!)

As for the looks...Having a daughter has encouraged me to really embrace my own femininity.I wanted each look to reflect this. While so much of the world is hyped up on androgyny, I currently am all about playing up the female form. Don’t get me wrong, androgyny is great, but I might have overdosed a few years back. I shopped in the men’s department, wore oversized clothing, and then balanced it with some killer makeup. Nothing wrong with that. I'm now obsessed with the classic feminine style, and I love putting a little modern edge twist on it. I want to celebrate a woman and her body. I want to appreciate it.

When you get your post baby body back, it just feels good and the last thing I wanted to do was hide it. I started buying clothes that flattered my silhouette and hugged my curves. On top of that, Billy was a girl and all of a sudden not only did her clothes show some strong girl power but my own style got a lot softer. Instead of completely ignoring the color pink in stores, I was drawn to it. All of the sudden pastels, lace, and teeshirts with sweet sayings appealed to me. I wanted my own closet to compliment hers and with that an innocence and whimsical feel was added to my boyish assemble.

Show our womanhood some love. Let’s wear those short shorts! Put on that tight dress! Wear some pink! Elle Woods may have been on to something there. Case in point – having a daughter might encourage you to really enjoy being a girl and you may find yourself throwing a bow in your hair or slipping on a pretty girl dress.

Visit the mood board here to see the inspiration behind it.

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