This is a post that I intended to write months ago. But then I moved over 3,500 miles, got married, and well, time escaped me. I know many of you are expecting a "Life in Hawaii" blog post, and trust me, I'll get around to doing that eventually! But for now, I want to pay tribute to the incredible people at 405 Magazine who have been a part of my life for the past 5 years. More to come soon!
I’ve found that with editorial photography, it’s what’s going on just outside the frame that tells the real story. You might open up the latest issue of 405 and see a clean, bright kitchen overflowing with fresh flowers and think to yourself, “My kitchen never looks like that.” However, if you could peek just beyond the frame you would find an entire team of people working together to make that one particular photo appear effortless. It’s quite possible there may be empty shopping bags haphazardly strewn around the room, not to mention flower clippings, photography gear, a pile of kid’s toys, and a stylist balancing on a bench to hold up a blanket so that an unwanted reflection can be blocked. My friends, this is how the magic happens.
After graduating from photography school in 2011, I moved back to Oklahoma thinking there wasn’t much opportunity for anyone who wanted to photograph something other than portraiture. Months of fruitless job searching only confirmed my theory. Then one day my dad brought home a magazine. “This looks like the kind of things you would like to photograph, doesn’t it?” I was pleasantly surprised. I began trying to get my foot in the door and finally got an interview with the art directors. I will be forever grateful to Mia and Scotty for taking a chance on the 19-year-old who walked into their office that day. :)
I’ve grown so much since then, both as a photographer and a person. Spending 5 years meeting the people who are contributing to the growth and development of OKC has been one of my favorite parts. I will miss it dearly.
My absolute favorite though? Working with these guys. Oh, the stories I could tell… I guess I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Without further ado, here’s a special look at life outside the frame.