52 Week Photography Project: Week 2

For week 2 I shot with Prashant, a Birmingham local model, photographer and dancer. We had originally planned to shoot for week 1, but ended up waiting till after all the holiday busyness was done. The concept for this shoot changes a lot compared to my original mood board due to the rainy and cold weather we have been getting in Alabama lately. Below is a copy of my mood board for this shoot.


I’d rather call this an inspiration board than a mood board, because to me a mood-board should include color swatches, hair inspo, makeup inspo, real-life object inspo and so on. But for a small shoot like this one, this was enough.

As for the actual day of the shoot the weather was more overcast than sunny, and gray so there were no hard shadows for me to play with like I usually like to in my images. Instead we used the gold side of a reflector and I edited the tones while color-grading the images.

When color grading I aimed to keep the skin more warm, but the surroundings tend to fall more on the cold side. This is partly because of the green and grey backgrounds I was drawn to while shooting, but also from the overcast weather. Below are the before and afters of color grading on the images. Feel free to leave me questions or critiques in the comments of this post!

52 Week Photography Project: Week 1

This week I did a spontaneous shoot with my friend Xsuela. I met Xsuela in Tuscaloosa when I was going to school and we have kept in touch since. For this shoot we decided we wanted to recreate this image by @die__yung on instagram. I love her images and really wanted to try and create my own rendition of the look.

This was our setup, holographic wrapping paper as the background, and a 60 watt bulb as our main light source.

This was our setup, holographic wrapping paper as the background, and a 60 watt bulb as our main light source.

Hosting The December Portrait BHM Meetup

@portraitbhm is a instagram community for photographers and models in Birmingham, Alabama. The page showcases the work these photographers and models have created together and helps models find local photographers and vice versa. Sometimes @portraitbhm hosts meetups for photographers and models of all skill levels to come to and meet each other and create some amazing photos. I have had the honor of hosting two of these meetups, one in February of 2018 and now December 2018. Both had amazing turnout for both photographers and models. Although the one in February was held in Tuscaloosa there were still about 50 people that came out to shoot and model. The December one was held in Downtown Birmingham and had about 40 - 45 people come out. These meetups are really a great way for the online community to come together and get to meet face to face and share our work and create together. Below are some of my photos from the meetup. To find more check out my instagram @carolinejapal, portraitbhm’s instagram @portraitbhm or the hashtag #portraitbhm.