Personal projects provide a unique opportunity to explore new ideas without the constraints often imposed by client briefs. They allow us to experiment freely, creating work we want to create in the style we want to be known for. This not only helps in refining our skills but also showcases our true creative potential to potential clients.
Engaging in personal projects also opens the door to collaboration with other talented professionals. For this project, I had the privilege of working with three beautiful local models from a local model agency Modern Muse Ariana, Briyah and Michelle; and three exceptionally talented hair and makeup artists Iliana, Sasha and Paola. Their creativity and expertise added an extra dimension to the shoot, resulting in a body of work that we are all immensely proud of.


Pre-production played a critical role in the success of this shoot. I always start by creating a detailed mood board filled with ideas for hair, makeup, and overall theme. This ensures that everyone on the team is on the same page, fostering a cohesive and harmonious creative process. I also keep a collection of props and wardrobe pieces that catch my eye, knowing that they will eventually be perfect for a shoot. For this project, my collection of colorful gloves and tights provided the perfect finishing touch.


 My goal was to create diverse beauty photos that exuded an ethereal atmosphere. To achieve this, I experimented extensively with light and color. By using a combination of traditional and innovative techniques, I created a magical setting that highlighted the beauty and diversity of our models.
I used my two cameras for this shoot. This allowed me to work faster without having to stop to change lenses. My main camera was my Nikon Z8 paired with a 24-70mm f/4 lens for the group shots and full length shots. I used my Nikon Z7 paired with a 85mm f/1.8 lens for individual shots.
As for lighting, I decided to go with constant light. I used an Aputure C Pro paired with a Aputure spotlight, an Amaran 300c paired with a Spotlight SE, and two Amaran T2C, one set to blue and another one to dark pink. What I love the most about using these lights is that I can control their power and change the colors using the Sidus link app. This makes the process so much fun and easy. I usually take my time going through every single light fine tuning the colors and power until I achieve the look that I want.
Then to finish I added one of my favorite and cheapest tools; Mylar Paper!

The colored lights and mylar paper, created an effect that mimicked water and produced stunning reflections. The results were beyond fabulous, perfectly capturing the essence of the work I enjoy to create and what I want to be hired for as a photographer.


  • Identify Your Passion: Think about what excites you the most in photography. Whether it’s portraits, landscapes, or experimental art, let your passion guide your project.
  • Create a Mood Board: Visualize your ideas and share them with your team. A mood board can help streamline the creative process and ensure everyone is aligned with the vision.
  • Collaborate:  Reach out to other creatives such as models, makeup artists, and stylists. Collaboration brings fresh ideas and perspectives, enhancing the overall quality of your work.
  • Experiment:  Don’t be afraid to try new techniques. Play with lighting, props, and settings that you haven’t used before. This is your chance to innovate and learn
  • Be Prepared: Keep a collection of props and wardrobe pieces that inspire you. You never know when they might come in handy for a shoot.
  • Document the Process: Take behind-the-scenes photos and videos. Sharing the creative journey can be as engaging as the final product.
  • Showcase Your Work: Once your project is complete, share it on your website and social media. This not only showcases your skills but also attracts potential clients who appreciate your unique style.

Engaging in personal projects has been incredibly rewarding for me, both creatively and professionally. It has allowed me to develop my style, work with amazing people, and produce work that truly resonates with my vision. I encourage all photographers and creatives to carve out time for personal projects. The journey of exploration and collaboration is invaluable, and the results can be spectacular.