Posted on Mar 17, 2018
Posted in Creative, Seniors, Teens

Fashion Shoot with Shop Stevie and Dani Boutique

I affectionately called them my “Stylish Seven”! I’ve been working with most of these ladies for at least a couple of years and I’ve been amazed at how they’ve grown and developed into amazing young ladies both in front of the camera and in their schools and communities.

I’m all about partnering with local boutiques to highlight their styles and give my models and the studio local exposure.

This occasion was no exception. Danielle Lazaro of Shop Stevie and Dani boutique is a friend from way back. We met for the first time at a photo shoot, have spent many a shoot together, her as my makeup artist and even my model in some shoots. We’re besties forever and of course I jumped at the opportunity to highlight her newest venture of her online boutique.

There’s nothing more powerful in your home market than highlighting a boutique’s styles with local models, particularly active young ladies with deep social media connections.

We quickly developed a plan and shoot schedule to highlight some of Danielle’s current styles and of course my Stylish Six models were more than up to the challenge.

DJP Studio was up and firing on all cylinders for this shoot and we came together and made magic! These girls are beyond amazing and I’ve seen their comfort in front of the camera and in their own skin improve dramatically through the years.

Check out the results. All of these looks are available at Danielle’s online boutique. Click HERE to shop and enjoy.

Posted on Mar 17, 2018
Posted in Creative, Teens

I’m always excited and eager to do creative shoots to continuously refine my technical and artistic skills. I’m blessed to have access to some amazing young people who are always eager to be in front of my camera.

This time I wanted to do a nighttime shoot in the bustling Uptown Charlotte area.

Surprisingly or not, this was my first time doing a true nighttime shoot. Part of the signature look in portraits is my subject backlit by the fading sunlight, like in this image:

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The sun is my friend and my partner in creating amazing images. I wanted to push myself and challenge my normal shooting style by taking away the sun and relying on the nighttime lights of Uptown Charlotte to light my background.

To even further challenge my shooting skills I employed my set of LED light panels. Yes, I’m abandoned my comfortable and ever useful strobes for a continuous light source to light up the night during this shoot.

I rounded up a handful of past clients who always come through with fierce looks and style and we met in Uptown an hour or so after sunset. The night weather was perfect – being neither too warm or too cold – so we set out on foot to capture images up and down the main corridor of Uptown Charlotte: South Tryon Street.

My stylish young ladies slayed as always and created some fun and fantastic images. Working at night with my continuous LED lights was different but no less fun and allowed me to shoot faster with no lag between shots. The lighting rig was super light and portable and we just had a great time moving from place to place capturing amazing images.

Interested in doing a Creative Shoot with Derek Johnson Photography?

My current and recurring clients receive special privileges and are always invited to participate in creative shoots. If you’re interested in having you own custom portrait experience and possibly being invited to participate in future creative shots, Contact Me and let’s talk about a Portrait Session!


Uptown Charlotte Nighttime Shoot

Uptown Charlotte Nighttime Shoot with Teen Models