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Redhead Project

July 8, 2016

One of my 30 things to do before I turn 30 was to take photos by myself.  Since I am married to a photographer, I have hundreds of photos of me making goofy faces, annoyed by having a camera “all up in my grill” (Sixfourteen clients understand this).  I strongly dislike having my picture taken by myself. The last time I had a solo photo session was several years ago for a special event.  Then, I heard about the Redhead Project.

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As you know I am passionate about being a redhead.  My Being Ginger post is still my most viewed post today.  When I heard Keith Barraclough was taking his Redhead Project to the road and coming to Dallas, I begged to be involved.

Keith  is an incredible editorial photographer that started a personal project, the Redhead Project, after shooting a redhead wearing white on a white background.  Then, he started photographing local redheads.  The Redhead Project was born. Eventually, he and his wife Kate decided to hit the road and photograph redheads along the way.

Redhead Project in Dallas

In Dallas, they rented out a room at MPS Studios, and I was in awe from the moment I walked in.  The studio is credited in many movies, TV shows, commercials, and not to mention, various print ads.  It was hard not to feel like a minor star.

Keith was extremely professional and explained his vision.  He looked through all of my “props” to get a better idea of where I wanted to go with the session.  Working collaboratively with such a creative person while being shot tandem to a computer was a new experience. I wasn’t sure how I would feel seeing the photos immediately, but it actually helped boost my confidence.

Part 1

Keith asked all the “models” to wear a solid white shirt in the first set of shots in order to make our red hair and eye color pop.  Once he explained everything, we started shooting.

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

 

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

I felt nervous at the beginning and not completely comfortable with all of the white and a straight face. Once I saw the photos on the screen, I was surprised.  There were actually several great shots I was excited about right off the bat.  The first photo above was actually the first one of my shoot.

Part 2

With the next outfit, I was able to let my personality shine.   My life is all about balance.  Between work at school, writing, calendars, working out, cooking, cleaning, entertaining, traveling…there is always something going on.  Even though it can be exhausting, I love that I am surrounded by people, places, and things that I enjoy.

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

 

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

The last part of the shoot was my favorite.  Honestly, it was  probably my favorite part of any shoot I have been a part of.  I found this tank top at Kohls and knew it perfectly described me.  It was exactly what I envisioned to represent me, since chocolate is my favorite.

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

 

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

When Keith asked if I wanted to eat it, I said “absolutely!”  He asked me how messy I was comfortable with getting, and I said “as messy as you want.”  The next few photos are some of my favorite pictures ever taken of me.

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

 

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

 

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

So there you have it!

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

Portrait of Jessica Bradshaw for The Redhead Project

*These photos are property of Keith Barraclough and must not be cropped, altered, or used in any way without permission.

Can you do me a HUGE favor?  If you liked what you read, could you please share it or comment?  Since I have limited internet access on my trip, I can’t share and promote my posts like I can at home.  Thank you!

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  • Mai Lyn July 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    LOVE! What a super fun shoot highlighting what makes you special. Your personality definitely shine through.

    • Jessica July 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks, girl! It was a lot of fun. 🙂

  • Brooke July 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    This is awesome for all the reasons!!!

    • Jessica July 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      haha. Thank you! 🙂 It was such a blast. I have loved looking at all the photos of the redheads pour in.

  • Kandi July 9, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Adore so much.

    • Jessica July 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you. I adore you. XoXo

  • Keith Barraclough July 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you so much for the wonderful write up! What a great time we had during the shoot. My favorites are definitely the messy chocolate shots.

    • Jessica July 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Of course! Thank you for doing it. You are insanely talented.

  • Rebecca Hicks July 12, 2016 at 10:23 am

    The picture of you cross eyed with the cupcake made me laugh out loud. I love these pictures and you are gorgeous, Jessica! I love your red hair.

    • Jessica July 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Haha. Thank you. I had to choose that one because I did too.