The second time I got to work with her, this time in person, was to create a series of self promotion and branding images for her website and social networks. I had asked her to bring a car-full of textiles she was working with for her upcoming show at Metropolitan Fashion Week 2013 and created a custom backdrop for an environmental portrait and headshot series. You can see that entire feature right over HERE.
Skipping #3 and moving ahead to our fourth meeting together, I had the honor of photographing her wedding on a beautiful autumn evening, followed by our fifth successful shoot, a post-wedding bridal portrait series. That shoot was an homage to the famous designer Charles James who’s elegant gowns were originally photographed by Cecil Beaton in a 1948 Vogue cover. You can see my beautiful stylized shoot that captures the essence and tone she used as a palette for her wedding HERE.
Now visiting our third assignment together, and the main highlight of this particular feature, Julie’s designs as the main highlight at the closing gala fashion show for Metropolitan Fashion Week 2013.
On this particular dark and rainy night in the Emerald City, the highest of fashion royalty in the Pacific Northwest came together at the Chihuly Garden and Glass to be mesmerized by color, design, and art in one of the most beautiful special exhibit spaces in all of the city.
Now I’d like to take a pause from the runway show to share with you the portrait I created of Julie two months before this fashion event. There were textiles in this backdrop on the (viewer’s) left during the shoot. Keep reading below to see what she created…
LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, host, and instructor with over 20 years of experience photographing, directing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. She focuses on providing artists, actors, models, and companies with lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Her approach is very contemporary, her work has a timeless elegance, and she represents the grace, distinction, and style that is possible in photography.
Her curriculum vitae includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, the production of 13 private and community events, and two year’s experience as director of one of Seattle’s largest art walks. Her images have been published in The Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report.
LaRae’s position as a lead host for online educational giants such as CreativeLive and Polaroid University gave her the unique opportunity as one of an elite group of professionals to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle. She brought her network to BLACKRAPID as their Culture Liaison, facilitating close working relationships between influencers and organizations for promotional sales and marketing.
Grateful to be a stay-at-home mom while balancing a rewarding career in the photography industry, this proud single mom enjoys a nomadic traveling lifestyle between Seattle and the Florida Keys with her daughter, Emerson.