Abby Olsen "Abby Mike Designs" Designer Spotlight, Columbus Ohio Park of Roses

Abby Olsen is one of those young talents you need to watch out for. She has an eye for detail and a flair for fashion I DEFINITELY wish I had when I was her age, and even now! Her website,, details her journey with designing. We shot a series of portfolio images for her at Columbus Park of Roses. She brought 4 designs, one that she had made especially for the shoot the week before! 


Abby is still in high school and is already an accomplished designer. Her fun can-do attitude is certainly refreshing, as are her unique designs. 


"Clothes Made for Happiness," the tagline on her website is an aptly placed idea for such a talented and cheerful all-inclusive young designer. She makes homecoming dresses for her friends and sister as well as commission designs for customers. 


This photoshoot for her designs her first time in front of professional camera with her dresses. It only took a few peaks at the back of my camera to see how awesome her designs looked on camera for her to get comfortable and excited about getting the shots!


Abby with Abby Mike Designs is certainly one new young designer you don't want to miss out on! She does take limited commission, remember, she's still in high school! She can be contacted through her website or on facebook . More from her portfolio shoot can be found on my facebook

Tomi Jones, Columbus Recording Artist and Model

I was invited along to this shoot by my friend and colleague, Louis. And I am super stoked that he did! We had a blast bringing Tomi's vision to life. It was also really exciting to see how my workflow differed from Louis', including how we direct a model and use lighting. Tomi was an absolute joy to work with and she was up for anything, including getting dirty in the mud! 

Vanity in the Woods- Hey Pretty! Beauty Scioto Audubon Stylized Photoshoot Columbus Ohio

 This set (or at least part of it) was originally published in a vegan magazine, My Fil Mag,  as a feature for Hey Pretty! Beauty  about their strict cruelty free mission concerning the products they use and for which they advocate. These images were shot in July 2016, and were being held for publication. However, I am releasing them for the Spring 2017 season anyway! 

The mastermind behind the styling of this Vanity in the Woods set was Sam, and we did our best to bring her vision alive. A few weeks prior to the shoot, Sam and I went traipsing through the Audubon Metro Park in search of the best spot to shoot the Vanity set. When we originally went location scouting, it was Spring-ish, and not all that hot yet. That comes into play later, but we shot in JULY. 

 On the day of the shoot, myself (strong-armed into also modeling that day) and the other models were made up at a salon ahead of time. Hair and makeup complete, we loaded up the cars and a truck. A truck? Yea, a truck to haul the HEAVY vanity and mirror into the woods. Myself and the rest of the set producers (which is just a fancy term for "carrier of things on a photoshoot set"), models, and photographers trudged through the high grass to set up the vanity and the mirror. The grasses had gotten much higher since the original scouting mission. 

After setting up our beautiful main scene, we began shooting. It was stiflingly hot, but the makeup done by the Hey! Pretty Team LASTS! I was wearing a nightie while shooting since it was so hot. It was one sight to see on the bike path of the Audubon, 5 ladies out in the woods with these outfits on! We also had hand-felted veils from Celeste Malvar-Stewart Collection: Verano Bridal. The initial meeting to pick up the veils was a step out of my comfort zone. I had not yet met Celeste at the time and was aware of her exceptional work. Eventually through working with her on a few more projects and with in-person interactions, I have become encouraged by her in a personal and professional capacity. I was very nervous to be handling and be responsible for a strangers prized one of a kind designs, not to mention items worth a lot of money that I knew we'd be using in the woods! 

The whole team received a lot of bystander "encouragement" as we worked our little makeshift "middle of the woods" scene while often surrounded by trail bikers and the occasional group of bird watchers. I had to have a spotter while I stood in the middle of the path shooting as to not be run over by a quickly passing cyclist. All in the name of art, right?! 

This shoot was a collaboration between all of those involved and I would be remiss to not mention the other photographer who was also shooting. Matt Bricker, with Bricker Photographics,  with whom this group has worked with in the past, was also shooting and has some additional images on his site as well!

The Knot Best of Weddings- Stylized Shoot with HPB, Columbus, Ohio, March 2017

The Knot named Hey Pretty! Beauty a Best of Weddings Hair & Makeup team and wanted a feature in their printed magazine. So, we put together a stylized bridal shoot to get them some amazing example images of what HPB can do!

Sam brought in beautiful gowns from CierraLauren Designs. These are handcrafted designs that flattering to any bride! The florals were provided by Posy Florals and their purples and mauves were perfect for this muted Jefferey Mansion backdrop.


All the Social Stuff:

Mace Elizabeth Instagram


Morgan Lange INSTAGRAM


Cierra Lauren Instagram

Jeffery Mansion

Transformation Tuesday- Model Maegan, 10 years of shooting and sneak peak Hey! Pretty beauty Shoot

I have mentioned it before, but in light of some awesome images I have recently captured of her, I had to mention it again. Maegan Furst was my very first, and long time, fashion model. We started shooting in 2007 and she didn't even blink when I asked her to do weirdo things, like wear a bridesmaid dress into a pond or wear an evening gown pumping gas (all on film and a story for another time, haha). This girl has never second guessed a concept, nor turned down an invitation to shoot. I am very thankful that she let me practice for so long on her. She is a chameleon, and even more so now that she is honing her makeup artist craft with Hey! Pretty Beauty and on her own, as well. She has always been an artist; clay, paints, makeup. She is also the one who helped me become the artist I am today, both indirectly with her encouragement, and directly with her influence and ideas.

 I wanted to share some of the first images we EVER shot together. I am not even sure of the event, but we were at a birthday or something like that at Blendon Woods Metro Park and I happened to have my camera. And so we shot. And traipsed through the woods. And probably got a tick or two. We thought they were SO good. Ha. Ha. They were an interesting first try, that's for sure! And to contrast them with what we are both capable of nowadays? Forget it! There is no comparison!

Maegan was my one and only exclusive "model" until about 3 years ago. I only otherwise shot weddings, seniors, and families up until that point. Now, when I shoot Maegan, I am confident we will get images more intuned with the artists that we are now! 

The images above are of a stylized shoot we did together with Hey! Pretty Beauty recently to celebrate their feature in The Knot's Best of Weddings 2016! The feature on The Knot website will be out this spring and I'll be sharing the images we shot of the feature model soon! Maegan has grown as an artist in the makeup artist world and I am very proud of the work she is doing. It was also her 30th Birthday over the weekend, you should probably tease her for it! (I give you permission!)


The gown Maegan is wearing is from Columbus couture designer, Cierra Lauren. Maegan did her own makeup, but does do makeup with Hey! Pretty Beauty. Sam Antics, founder and owner of Hey! Pretty, did Maegan's hair. 

Model Monday, Columbus Photographer

There has been quite the whirlwind of action behind the scenes with elocin photographic. I have been borrowing a colleague's camera while mine is back with the servicer. So, in the meantime, I am trying to shoot as much as I possibly can, and boy and I am getting spoiled with the full frame capabilities of the borrowed camera. I was invited to shoot, by yet another colleague, at a benefit group shoot "Polkadots, Wheels, and Heels" pinup shoot at Lucore Racing in Plain City, Ohio. The benefit was to raise money for a photographer friend who recently lost his wife.

 I used some of my new (old but never opened! Whoops!) gear and am quite pleased with the results! I bought an AlienBee 400 used at a local photography shop in Columbus on a whim about 3 years ago and it sit unused in my prop closet. My mother bought me a 7 foot parabolic umbrella (it's HUGE) last Christmas, but I was afraid to use it! The sheer size of it intimidated me. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find the quality of light to be much like a sheer covered window. I look forward to using it a lot more.

I have been working on some creative indoor lighting and pinup is such a joy to shoot! It is always nice to have access to the vintage cars but the shoot is always in an enclosed garage unless the weather is nice. I have some pinup images from previous shoots here. The weather was NOT nice this day!! Any of the models who went outside promptly froze their pearls off. I usually struggle with the overhead incandescent lighting, but my photographer friend, Louis, was gracious enough to school me on the basics of my own lighting gear. I had to fiddle around with it for a while and am glad my my models were so patient and that I didn't have a full schedule like I usually do. 

I would love to do even more pinup style shoots with local clients, so if you have or know of vintage cars, let me know! Pinup is such a lovely way to bring out your girly or greaser girl side!

Short Hiatus- Flashback Friday- Willow Model Shoot Columbus, Ohio

Willow was essentially my last model shoot before I sent my gear out for service, so it is only fitting that she be my Flashback Friday today. Yesterday I called the service repair company for an update on the schedule of repairs. They don't have an update. I would be fibbing if I didn't say that was disappointing. So, to combat that, I'm sharing the awesome images from this shoot!

We shot at an urban location and I was sick as a dog trying to focus my faulty focusing camera (hence the repair!). I almost fell off the ramp to the building because I couldn't see it! It's cool though, WIllow had my back.

Short Hiatus- Throwback Thursday- Vanity in the Woods Audubon Shoot

Being a photographer is sometimes a lot of hurry up and wait. It is certainly that way when it comes to publication. Sam Antics, the owner of Hey Pretty Beauty!, styled this amazing bridal shoot in the middle of the woods back in the summer. We carted, well carried, a heavy wood vanity and tons of props into the woods alongside the Scioto Audubon Metro Park in Columbus for a beautiful setting. But it was ungodly HOT. There was the slightest breeze and thankfully most of the models had at least one lingerie look in their wardrobe for the day to try to stay cool! 

The light coming through the canopy was quite nice but was a challenge at times, too. The shoot turned out beautifully, but unfortunately, not many people have seen the resulting images because of delay in publication. 

But I couldn't hold out any longer on this one particular image. This edit wasn't going to make it into a bridal magazine, but I love it anyway! This is a "Dark Beauty" type edit and is a merge of two separate images. Let me know what you think!

Psst.... this image was released exclusively on Tumblr earlier today as a "first look." If you're not following me over there, you might be missing out on exclusive/early content!

Short Hiatus- Friday List- Top 10 Favorite Images of 2016

Normally, I would wait until January to write a post about my "Top 10 Favorite Images" of the previous year. However, since my camera is away for servicing, and likely won't be back to me in time to shoot anything new before the new year, I might as well share my favorites now!

I am very proud of myself this year. I shot more of my own creative work (with the help of tons of other creative professionals, of course!) this year than in any year prior. I went outside my bubble socially and artistically. Now, I realize I have tons of room for improvement about the frequency in which I shoot creatively, but that is certainly a goal for 2017!

1. The first Model Monday shoot I did with Sam Antics (@heyprettybeauty) was with two models I had never met. I was nervous and was going to try out a new light I had recently gotten but never used on a human in a portrait setting. Pretty proud of how these turned out. Mary (@mundermonster) was cool as a cucumber, even though I was sweating it!

2. This image was taken the same day as #1 after we did the indoor shots. I just love the ease at which Nancy (@whatanancy) went from high fashion to editorial in a swift 10 minute outfit change. It was also super cold that day and she was a trooper!

3. While I super loved shooting this impromptu shoot with Jen, the editing I did on this one was my favorite part. Jen had worn little makeup, which was fine. I just wanted to see if I could make edited makeup look natural. I think I did a pretty alright job! 

4. I met Becca at the 2016 Zombie Walk and was floored at her character, Giggles. She was there representing Flannagan's Fear Fest and her makeup was done by none other than Sam Antics! (You'll be seeing a lot of her work in my images!) This girl only broke character ONCE, and that was for me to hear her real voice so I would recognize her without her makeup on! I went outside my comfort bubble and asked a practical stranger to let me lay on the ground and have them hover over me for this impromptu backlit awesomeness.

5. I had a VERY hard time selecting a single image from the set with Eden (@edenkush) with makeup done by Willow (@wickedwillowmua). We didn't have a clear vision really for the shoot and just kind of went with it! Eden was a trooper to be so scantily clad because I apparently have a habit of making models be outside in the cold. 

6. This particular image made the list for several reasons. One was that I absolutely adore shooting with Valerie (@modelvalerieg) because she is super easy to work with and the images are effortless wonderful! She's also super fun. Another reason this image made the list is because it is from the Trash The Dress group shoot hosted by Sam Antics and Hey Pretty Beauty and I really enjoy shooting at these events. Also, I chose this image because of the editing I did. I did it all by hand, but I was amused when a photographer on instagram flat out asked me "What filter did you use." I chuckled at that one. 

7. I was really nervous to shoot Jackie. We are friends In Real Life (I know, right?!), but it was nerve wracking for me to get to shoot with Odette Despairr (@odedettedespairr) for some reason! We shot in a sweet spot in Gahanna near Creekside and I excited to have found such a unique location to shoot her. I had a step ladder in the water, my butt got wet but my camera didn't! I'm pretty stoked with how the images turned out, if I do say so myself. 

8. I love this image for several reasons. One is that the subject is my Boo Thang, Nik. I needed this image for a contest (I didn't win. Whomp) and I needed it quickly. The theme was "Fun with leaves" and I wanted to be creative. I knew most submissions would be people playing in the leaves, and I wanted to do something unexpected. I learned a new editing technique to produce this image. 

9. Hunter (@huntman614) graduates this year and these were taken as a collaboration for his senior photos, a family session and the start to his modeling portfolio. Can you tell?! He is on his way to a great career and I can't wait to work with him again and get some more great images for his portfolio in the future. 

10. It seems some of my favorite images come from the most impromptu sets. Willow and I shot this pretty last minute, it was cold and I was having camera issues (sound familiar). I didn't feel well (but photographers can't really take sick days, right?!) and could barely see with my glasses on. I almost fell off the side of the ledge and through a hole in the ceiling. But none of that matters when the image turns out exactly how I had pictured it. 

I was really worried to write this post. I was worried I couldn't fine 10 "favorite images." I am really glad I did this post now... I had a VERY hard time narrowing it DOWN to only 10 images. I can't wait to write next year's post and hopefully have an even harder time whittling down to 10 to share with you! 

Short Hiatus- Model Monday Nancy and Mary

I thought I'd start my first Model Monday edition off with a shoot that was actually named Model Monday when I was shooting it. Sam Antics (@Heyprettybeauty) and I were shooting a series of impromptu model sessions and this one was on a Monday. I had never shot with Nancy (@whatanancy) or Mary (@mundermonster) and was nervous to do so!

But I have to be honest, they are some of my favorite images and I even put myself out there creatively concerning the lighting. Off camera flash is one of the things that trips me up the most, and I was attempting a new set up with new models. 

Sam and I settled on a floral theme and just went to town. My husband jokes that these images would be perfect for a Baroness album cover. 

It was Nancy's first time modeling but not Mary's. It was an interesting dynamic to have an experienced and inexperienced models working together.

After our initial flower themed shoot, we changed Nancy's look two more times for a variety!

The above image was recently on the cover of Subrosa Magazine!

Short Hiatus- Friday List- Holiday gifts for that photographer on your list!

BOO! I'm home sick from my day job today! That's the bad news. The good news is that means I have dedicated time to write my very first Friday List post for today! I'm pretty stoked that I have been able to keep with it so far, and I've written 3 posts (including this one) this week! 

I certainly have a dream list myself including a new camera body, lens, studio lights and business association membership. (In my dreams, right?)

Whether you have a cell phone photographer or a seasoned professional on your list, there is always an awesome gift for all of them. You just have to know where to look, eh?

So here are my personal favorites all over the skill and price spectrum! 

1. Every photographer needs this mug for their late night editing sessions! I've been gifted 3 of them. ;-)


2. This map seems off topic, but your favorite photographer could keep track of taking a photo in every state with this scratch off map! 

.3. If you've got that cell phone photographer on your list and don't have any idea what to get for them in terms of gear, look no further than a fisheye lens for their cellphone! 

4. I like to support local business as much as a can and when I can't, I at least try handmade/small business. Etsy is a great resource! I found this adorable lens necklace on etsy.

5. Another etsy find, a personalized camera strap is always a cute idea! 

6. If you've got a hand-me-down gear photographer ready for their own gear, the holidays always bring out the good deals on introduction bundles. Here's one from Canon.

7. As if a photographer needs anything to identify themselves other than their cameras, these nifty lens bracelets would certainly do the trick! 

8. An external (or several) hard drive is a must-have for photographers and there are lots of options out there. The price for a really big drive has gone down significantly. I have this one and this one

9. As mentioned in my first Throwback Thursday post, I have started using my Wacom Bamboo tablet for editing. I have to admit, the first day was a struggle, but it's coming along nicely and I can really see how it is going to help with the editing process. If you have a semi to professional photographer or other graphic creative in your life and on your list, check out the Wacom tablets! 

10. I really want this diffuser for myself, actually! I have a pretty big 5-in-1 reflector, but I can't hold it one handed by myself while I'm shooting, so I can only use it as a 1-stop over head diffuser when I have an assistant to hold it between the sun and the subject. With the rigid handle feature of this diffuser, I could hold it one handed and still hold my camera! 

11. I have to admit, I was going to stop at a round "10" for my list, and then I saw THIS! I oddly already own a backdrop stand (which is ALSO a great gift for your photographer), but I have no backdrops! Sure, I could go practical and timeless with a bone or grey Savage paper backdrop (which I TOTALLY do want!), but when I saw this sequinned beauty, I couldn't resist putting it on the list. Fortunately, or unfortunately, it is sold out even at $375!

I tried to keep my suggestions around 10 ( I couldn't leave off number 11 though!), but if you're still looking for a great gift for your budding to professional photographer gift recipients, make sure to hit me up in the comments below, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

Short Hiatus- Before & After, Thursday Throwback, AND a sort of tech review!

As many of you know, my equipment is off for servicing for the (count with me now!) next 3-4 weeks. In the mean time, I'm focusing on improving my business is other ways. One of ways I am hoping to improve is to blog more (check!). So this is actually my second blog post this WEEK! Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am, am I right?!

Actually, I really am trying to write meaningful content and am asking for input on what you'd like to read or see from me. So, in the comments of this post or on my facebook/Instagram/Twitter pages, let me know what you'd like to see!

Now, back at the stuff I promised in the headline (honesty all around here folks)!

Thursdays may become my "Throwback Thursday," and I do have one of those for you! I chose an image from my shoot back in the summer with Jackie (Odette Despairr), the River Queen. This is a Throwback Thursday, but it;s also a Before & After, with Jackie's blessing, I'll also be showing the SOOC or straight out of camera version, of the image. Lastly, I am trying to learn how to edit with a Wacom Bamboo tablet. Now, I've had this tablet for literally almost a year. I have it on sort of a forever loan from my wonderful Seastar, Maegan. But I was terrified of it and to be honest, I am the worst with challenging myself on the technical size of things. I have a penchant for getting new equipment and not making myself learn how to use it. 

So, in an effort to make myself do so, I'm using this Short Hiatus time to learn my equipment that I don't know how to use. So here goes! 

Below is an image I edited using only the tablet and pen. I applied two gradient maps (the color tint) in a blue and a teal that I created myself, I used the patch tool to remove blemishes, I tidied up the lips and eyebrows using the brush tool, I applied general contrast and levels changes. There is also a slight dodge and burn on the nose, chin and around the eye makeup.

These were all simple edits, as Jackie never does need too much by ways of editing. However, for me, the challenge was doing these all with the stylus and tablet only. 

My next challenge will be to learn the myriad of Photoshop shortcut keys. Everyone tells me the ease of use will be worth the agony of learning the tons of combinations for all of the tools and processes I use in Photoshop.

Let me know what you think of the edit and what else you'd like to see and read about! 

Short Hiatus- elocin photographic

I have some bad news...and some good news, I guess. hahaha

I had to send my gear out for service and it could take 4-6 weeks for me to get it back. That's the bad news.

The good news is that once my gear returns, I will be back at it better than ever!

In the meantime, I am going to work on learning new editing techniques, watching shooting technique tutorials and generally working on my business.

I have always wanted to do one of those "color palette" boards. So, now that I have time to do all those neat "free time" things... I did one!

I plan to start blogging more. I'm thinking of doing the following:

Model Monday- showcasing model trade shoots

Transformation Tuesday- editing before and afters, client/models before and after shoots, and/or showing how far I've come in photography

Wardrobe Wednesday- client portrait session suggestions, creative session wardrobe inspiration

Themed Thursday- basically anything that doesn't fit the other days- Location features, behind the scenes, color palettes (like my first one above of Maegan!), vendor features, images based on a certain theme (color, location, time period)

Friday Facts/Lists/Flashback- 5 images based on a certain item, ways to improve your own photography, Top 5 Images of 2016, etc

I'd also like to have reader interaction! I plan having posts where you can submit your own ideas and images. Let me know what you'd like to see, as well!

Vera at the Japanese Garden, Dawes Arboretum, Newark Ohio

Vera is the daughter of Sara and Ben, my tattoo artist (available at Fate Tattoo on High Street). She is an absolute PEACH and certainly knows how to work the camera! She had TONS of suggestions for locations and poses at the Dawes Arboretum. We shot mainly at the Japanese Garden and she was able to keep her model cool even with all of the other people there visiting and shooting. Her smile was on point and available at a moment's notice! Kids these days are getting more fashionable all the time, and she certainly worked her little striped grandma sweater.

Her little skinny jeans and slip on flats were perfect and I LOVED her tiny pink sparkly necklace. Fun fact, pink is actually my favorite color! ;-)

Thanks Ben and Vera for the opportunity to capture the personality of her daughter!


Bailey is about to graduate! WSHS 2017

Bailey and pup met me at Innis Wood Metro Park in Westerville. We wanted the girly garden vibe, but not too overwhelming in terms of flowers. This girl was an absolute peach to shoot and she didn't at all think I was weird for having her do some weird stuff. As long as the shot turned out! ;-)


Bailey is graduating from Westerville South High School, where I graduated from! She is a soccer player who is also hard at work to earn that money! Good luck Bailey! GO WILDCATS!

The Martin Wedding, October 15th, 2016 Bainbridge, Ohio

We shot Beth and Cameron's pin up styled engagement photos in German Village just two short weeks before their middle-of-the-woods nuptials. The "Dress Like You're Going To Johnny Cash's Funeral" vibe was perfect for these two! A black wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses definitely helped set the tone, as well as the request for guests to rock their All Black Attire. 

The weather was perfect, the light was gorgeous and the Jim Beam Shot & unique oreo cake made this relaxed but elegant wedding a breeze for this guestographer! 


Eleanor turns ONE and the Rivera Family at Jeffery Mansion in Bexley!

Eleanor's 1 year old shoot was special to me because her daddy is a friend of mine. We also shot the session at a location I had not yet shot! Eleanor was such a peach about the whole thing and last through a 1.5 hour session with her extended family as well! She has quite the expressive eyebrows and definitely brought those out during her shoot. 

The whole Rivera family is quite photogenic and they all brought their A game. Jeffery Mansion in Bexley is certainly a breathtaking location and I am thankful my clients were willing to meet so early on a Sunday because the light was absolutely perfect! I can't wait to shoot there again!