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

 

 

 

Posted on Oct 09, 2017
Posted in Creative

 

Southern Elegance Creative Shoot in Fort Mill SC

I was so excited to meet Beth Vanderwalker earlier this summer through a post on Instagram. I reached out to her to introduce myself and offer my services on a collaboration project and we immediately hit it off. Beth is the owner of Simply Jane Formals, a local formalwear shop in the heart of Fort Mill, SC. They’re motto is,”Dressing the Queen in You.”

Beth shared with me how Simply Jane Formals got started during our first meeting: “Simply Jane Formals began with an idea to share dresses with other girls looking for beautiful dresses at an affordable price.  My daughters came up with our name (Jane is a family name that goes back several generations) , started an Instagram, and it took off.”

We quickly planned and executed a major fashion photo shoot to showcase some of her most popular gowns for pageants and formalwear. This very quickly turned into a major production that provided us with access to a historic southern house in Downtown Fort Mill, SC. This was truly a collaborative effort with amazing models, some of which were former and current SC pageant participants, a handful of AMAZING gowns, bloggers, a makeup artist and of course me the photographer.

Here’s a rundown of everyone who helped make this an amazing summer fashion shoot:

Gowns: Beth Vanderwalker of Simply Jane Formals

Photography: Derek Johnson Photography

Hair and Makeup:

Kim Amiolemeh

The Models:

Special thanks to:

Enjoy these images from our super fun and glamorous shoot!

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Southern Elegance Fashion Shoot in Fort Mill SC

 

Southern Elegance Fashion Shoot in Fort Mill SC Southern Elegance Fashion Shoot in Fort Mill SC

 

Southern Elegance Fashion Shoot in Fort Mill SC Southern Elegance Fashion Shoot in Fort Mill SC Southern Elegance Fashion Shoot in Fort Mill SC

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Posted on Jun 23, 2016
Posted in Teens

We recently completed our first Buckle Denim Model Shoot!  I’m so excited about my new partnership with our local Buckle Denim Store. Buckle is a high end denim brand with some amazing denim jeans and a host of other stylish designs for adults and youth. I personally fell in love with Buckle jeans about two years ago and have practically replaced every pair of non-Buckle jeans in my closet with Buckle jeans.

Through over a year of building rapport with our local Buckle store manager Kellus Sanchez we finally got the green light from corporate to do some co-marketing projects together. We scheduled a quick model shoot to capture some of their latest spring and summer styles for marketing pieces to promote upcoming Denim Parties. A Denim Party is a great in-store event where you can go into a Buckle Store, get a custom fitting by one of their talented stylists and enjoy savings to walk away with some amazing gear.

My DJP Me Models were definitely up to the task of representing Buckle and Derek Johnson Photography studio and did an amazing job at modeling their styles. Check out the images from the shoot. Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming Denim Parties with local Buckle stores.

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