Portrait Session - Sydney

20 years ago I met this girl named Sydney. 
We were 12 and became BFFs almost immediately.
Now I'm a photographer.
And she's a personal stylist. 
(we did not see that coming, btw, it was a journey)
Sydney was the first 'client' I ever photographed (against a tree. in an American Eagle t-shirt. but it counts). She was the first person I practiced my Kevyn Aucoin makeup skills on (I've improved. She said so). And a few weeks ago it was such an honor to take her Portraits.
Time changes everything (and nothing) but portraits are Forever.

Cheers for 20 more years!


Engagement Session - Parisian Chic

I get so excited when I get clients who share my love for everything Parisian! This beautiful couple (and seriously, how stunning are these two??) loves to travel and their love affair with Paris trickled into every aspect of this shoot.

For the location, we chose a little cafe in the City. We ordered two cups of espresso and a cookie and I joyfully got to capture the tangible, wonderful love between April & Ari. Here's a little taste of their session, what a joy to be part of this day!


California Dreaming - Black & White Moments

I have such love for black and white photography. Stripping color away makes you focus on form and depth and textures and something the simplicity of it is so timeless. I was in California for business earlier this month and couldn't resist capturing these little moments. I hope you find them as relaxing and uplighting as I do. 


Family Portrait Session

I don't work with families often, but this shoot was everything that makes a photographer's heart happy. A beautiful family, overcast weather (technically a little too overcast, it was cold and sprinkled on us the entire time), beautiful styling, and a visible bond of love between these 3 that makes me smile everytime I look at the pictures.

Enjoy a little glimpse into this wonderful family, it was such a joy to capture these moments for them!

WHISKEY for Lucy's Magazine

Jai Mayhew Photography
Makeup & Hair - Annie Heyward
Wardrobe - Carson Love
Model - Sophia

This shoot started with the idea of TEXTURE. Sophia's wonderful curls and full pouty lips screamed sensual, and we screamed back NEVER GLAMOUR!! Then decided to play up a gritty, hard feel with an urban city background, harsh light and textured clothing. 

The weather was overcast that day with a 60% chance of rain so the light was bright but muted (translation: PERFECT for this concept). We shot in an apartment (with a mixture of natural light and a beauty dish) and then outside with just natural light and a reflector. 

The result was a gritty fashion editorial with lots of variety that ran in LUCY'S MAGAZINE. Hope you enjoy!

West 2nd - Men's Fashion Photography

Jai Mayhew Photography
Model - Fets Benavides
Styling - The Dapper Tramp

I don't normally shoot men (I much prefer the softness and wardrobe options women bring to the table!), but this shoot was so fun and different for me and Fets' posing made it bring this downtown story to life.

We shot this in Austin, near the City Hall building. Funny story, halfway through the shoot the Occupy Austin protesters showed up and several of them (seeing my camera and apparently not the model, lights or clothing racks) assumed I was there to document their protest. It got a little awkward when it became obvious that I was not. 

I used a mixture of natural Texas light and later on a strobe to create the dramatic shadows and keep the tone consistent as the sun set. 

Beauty Shoot - Pre-Raphaelite Love

Photography - Jai Mayhew
Styling - Edith Henry
Makeup - Kelsey James
Hair - Jorge Buccio
Dress - Mysterious by NPN
Location - Pearl Snap Hall

I am so in loved with freckled skin! We shot 4 looks at this beautiful location (a wedding chapel in Georgetown, TX) and I took the opportunity to reallly play with different colors in each set. For this set - flaring reds showed passion, faded blue tones gave a vintage look and deep off-color whites to created drama in an otherwise low-contrast environment. Learning color theory has been a goal of mine this year and I don't think I've ever played so much in post with toning until now.

When I saw the leaves Haley is holding they were in a vase in the chapel, I handed them to her and asked that she keep them close to her face. The faded greens paired so charmingly with her red hair and creamy skin and the result was a Pre-Raphaelite beauty, that makes me think of the great Julia Margaret Cameron.  Loved this set!

AFTER HOURS - Shooting with a Speedlight

Photography - Jai Mayhew
Wardrobe Stylist - Edith Henry
Makeup - Kelsey James
Hair - Jorge Buccio
Model - Sabrina @ The Campbell Agency

What was supposed to be a romantic, by-the-water shoot turned into a mini Guess campaign when a torrential downpour covered Texas and refused to leave. As we were traveling and I had planned to use natural light, the only lighting modifiers I had with me were a speed light and 2 reflectors (fortunately we were granted access a  country club which gave us both shelter and some cool corners to shoot in). 

 I used the Speedlight (bounced primarily off the ceiling) and a slow shutter speed to capture the motion blur, then enhanced the different light temperatures (cool from the strobe and warm from the ambient light) in post. I also had adjusted my camera's white light balance to create a bluer tone in-camera. The mix of reds and blues created the mood and Sabrina's edgy posing made it a sexy, candid set.