Preserving Family Memories

Collaboration on a Special Project

Recently a client contacted me for a different kind of portrait project. They had a late family member's military uniform jacket and wanted portraits made. Being an Army veteran, I was happy to help!


I don't generally do studio work because I don't have my own studio and I love to be out in nature doing portraits. The client sent example images of what they wanted the photos to look like and it involved having a mannequin to hang the jacket on, something else I did not have. But this project was special and I was determined to make it work.


I contacted a network of local models and photographers to see if I could borrow a mannequin and was able to find someone willing to help out. I ended up purchasing a male dress form that better fit my needs, but I brought both with me to have options during the shoot. I also contacted a friend and fellow photographer with a home studio to ask about using their space for the shoot. Fortunately the photography community is so amazing and we are always willing to help each other out and collaborate. I was able to pull all these things together and get the shoot done within a week to meet my clients short deadline.


I am so pleased with how the images turned out and so was the client! I can't express how much I appreciate having amazing colleagues in this industry that helped me bring it all together. Shout out to Corey at Dear Makenzie Photography for letting us use his studio and acting as a lighting assistant during this shoot. Thanks so much!


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