A hair & makeup artist, three models, and four photographers equaled an incredible day of boudoir & nude photography. What a fantastic treat it was to get together with all of these amazing women to create such gorgeous imagery. Here is just a sampling of my creations from the day... more stunning photographs to come.
Many photographers specialize in only one or two genres -- children and families, newborns, food and commercial, boudoir, weddings and engagements, portraits and headshots, architecture, or event photography. I find that doing (almost) all of it keeps my days exciting and my eyes and mind sharp. I love too many people, things, and styles to limit myself to just a couple of categories, and so in my blog and portfolio you're going to find a lot of diversity. Follow along and explore with me.
After photographing her high school senior daughter last year, I was so happy to get this gorgeous, powerful woman back in my studio for a headshot and personal branding session.
This high school senior is graduating from The Baldwin School, so we set out to take some awesome shots around downtown Ardmore. Hair and makeup was provided by my fabulous artist Heather Vellner, and I made the custom tulle skirt in her school colors. She seemed so reserved during the consult with mom, but once I had her to myself and we put that skirt on, she was all smiles and personality. Senior sessions are a blast!
After some inspiration and education from world renowned photographer Jake Hicks, I got together with my amazing model, hair, and makeup artist Heather Vellner for a fun experimental photography shoot playing with lights and colored gels. We had such a good time, and I just love the images we ended up creating. I would be thrilled if I could get some commercial fashion work down this vein, or even incorporate it into my heirloom portrait sessions.
"I came to Aliza right before I officially launched my communications consultancy. I wanted a fresh photo to use for my business website and social media accounts. I was searching for a photographer who could capture the polished, but relaxed style of my personal brand.
When I came across Aliza’s portfolio, I was drawn to her flattering headshot poses and use of light. I was captivated by the warmth and energy that came through her photographs. Her point of view is right in the sweet spot of natural, but professional; a difficult aesthetic to achieve.
Aliza made the process enjoyable and convenient. Rather than coordinating hair and makeup on my own, Aliza scheduled services for me in her studio space. During the session, Aliza had a relaxed, but efficient approach. There was plenty of time during the session to change wardrobe, try different poses and swap out backdrops.
I’ve coordinated dozens of photoshoots over the course of my career and can say that my experience with Aliza was one of the best. The most difficult part of the process was narrowing down the proofs and selecting only a couple of photos.
When I launched my website, I received several compliments on my headshot. It was certainly a flattering experience; family, friends and colleagues went out of their way to tell me how much they liked the photo.
A few months later, I asked Aliza to take a family photo for our holiday card. Despite a rambunctious puppy and slightly stress out husband, Aliza captured a sweet, fun photo of us.
It’s been a blessing meeting Aliza and working with her. I look forward to our next session."
Rose Cuozzo is a public relations consultant, offering a holistic, personalized approach to communications. Visit her web site at rcuozzo.com
We have had the pleasure of working with Aliza for our family photos the last two years running. (We plan it around my son's Birthday in late August, so we combine the two and use them for our holiday cards to boot!) Many of you can relate to the challenges of taking quality photos with an active toddler in tow. It's stressful, to say the least! Aliza put our son at ease with her energy, props, and cheerful personality - and subsequently my husband and I were able to relax as well. She likes to work with natural light in a variety of settings, and captures beautiful candid moments as well as some posed shots as desired. We ran all around Appleford Estate, and despite the heat she was able to wrangle all of us, her equipment and everyone's sanity while taking wonderful photos! Her prices are reasonable, and her playful yet professional style brings out the best in her subjects. I'd recommend Aliza Schlabach the next time you're in need of a photographer - just leave late August open for us!
"When it comes to Aliza I couldn't of asked for a better person to photograph my wedding and my engagement photos. I was skeptical about doing engagement photos because I feel they tend to look cheesy. After seeing the work she had crated and how classic our photos looked I knew I wanted her to photograph my wedding. She is very professional, consistent and so easy to work with. She really captures beautiful moments! I can't wait to have her capture another important milestone in our lives."
"I’m a picture person. I love photos of family and friends, and I have tons of them displayed all over my house. My favorite photos by far, however, are the ones Aliza has taken of my family. Aliza’s photos beautifully capture the moment in time in which they were taken, but what I love most about them is that she is magically able to capture the personality of each person in the photo. In those photos I see not only what my family looked like in 2015 or 2016, but rather my son’s silliness and playful spirit, my daughter’s thoughtfulness and affectionate nature, and my family’s love for one another. In addition to beautiful photos, I love that working with Aliza is so much fun! She is patient and kind, takes my kids' antics in stride, and always leaves me feeling like I just spent time with an old friend."
"We worked with Aliza for a family shoot when our son was 9 months old. Our son is one of those babies that is always on the move. He has a heart-melting smile, but will not smile on command, and hates to sit still. I was very apprehensive going into the shoot, thinking we probably should have done this before he started crawling. But afterwards I was beyond impressed with how many wonderful shots Aliza managed to capture of him, and us. While we would be quickly frazzled by him crawling out of a "pose", her energy was focused the entire time. She had props prepared to captivate his attention and was quick with her camera to catch him every time. Aliza was patient and we never felt rushed throughout the shoot. When we received our gallery from Aliza, it was hard to choose which photos to print as there were so many striking shots. When we finally decided and printed several photos, they were the first ones (and still the only ones!) to be hung on our walls in the 5 years we had lived in our home."
"I was also able to use one of the photos as a professional headshot, which was a great bonus. Aliza has a talent for headshots and adding just the right amount of drama to elevate any person in front of her lens."
"I was just looking over the photographs in my portfolio that Aliza took for me. With all of my designs I am inspired by the words, "fresh," and, "comfortable." My biggest goal is for people to be happy in their spaces. I just love how Aliza captured that fresh clean look with her photographs. I think that it's a combination of her straight camera angles, use of lighting, ability to capture color in natural light, and combination of expansive shots with detailed shots.
Her approach is also fresh because she'll find interesting compositions that I would never have thought of, and they work so nicely. For example, this image with the limes and green leaves is such a unique approach, and I love how she focused on the colors and patterns.
I imagine that at as a photographer it would be difficult to collaborate with other artists because each person has her or his own unique vision. I've never found this challenge with Aliza because she has such a warm personality and because I respect her style so much. She also took my headshots and I felt like I could be myself and show my personality because she's so comfortable to be around. I also liked how she gave me direction and I could just relax and leave it to her since she had so much knowledge and was invested in making me look good!
Looking at the images Aliza took make me feel happy, and I really feel that Aliza was able to capture my style in design and personality in her interior design photographs. What do you think?"
Larina Kase is an award-winning interior designer serving Philadelphia and the western suburbs. Visit her web site at http://larinakaseinteriordesign.com