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Photo Shoot with Tijana Nikolic in Downtown Chicago

August 8, 2011

Let me introduce you to Tijana Nikolic. She is a young and very beautiful Serbian girl who lives in Chicago, and if you ask me: she is definitely going to be a star! Hmm, it seems in few years she may break many hearts as well.

Tijana Nikolic photographed by Milica Tepavac
Her mom called me and said Tijana wants to apply to some modeling agencies and try career as a model and actor, and asked me can I do shooting with her so they can have professional photos. I accepted to do this job, even I have to admit I never before worked with kids who are 10 years old.

I have rich past working with adult females and very young kids, mostly age between 2-4, so I was little bit nervous will I’ll be able to capture the essence of the kid at that age. Girls at age 10 are kids, yet very aware of the definition of beauty, the outside world — and they certainly have an idea what it means to be a woman.

But I have to admit I have blessed working with this smart and beautiful kid who is totally aware of herself!

So…first we started in my studio in downtown taking portraits and full body shots for agency purposes.

Photography by Milica Tepavac

Photography by Milica Tepavac

Then we changed clothes, and posed a little bit more.

Tijana Nikolic Headshots by Photographer Milica Tepavac

And then naturally we came to the point when was time for some art. It was impossible to ignore combination of gray background that was sat in my studio, Tijana’s hypnotizing gray-blue eyes and gray hat we fortunately had.

After all, little miracles and beauty is always around us, we just have to see it.

Tijana Nikolic photographs by photographer Milica Tepavac

After we finished shooting in studio, we went outside to take some outdoor shots (which I always prefer because I’m naturally inclined to ambient portraits and I also noticed that many people I photograph simply relax faster when they are outside and free).

I’m a very traditional photographer who will always appreciate more magic moments and power of photography as a medium to capture situation on the street, look in the eyes, certain facial expression that happens maybe only once in a lifetime and last 1/100 sec. When I shoot outside it is always a challenge.

Weather can be very tricky and those are so called uncontrolled light conditions (by the way every practical photographer avoid those situations), but for me it’s always a challenge because I know that one right ray of light and simple tool such is golden reflector (my favorite) can provide me pure magic and colors like from paradise.

Milica Tepavac Color Photography

"Heart Breaker"

What’s beautiful about reflector and natural light is that you actually can play with it! Here I wanted to achieve little less contrast and drama and here is result.

Photo Shoot with Tijana Nikolic in Downtown Chicago

Modern technology and photo editing software made life so much easier for all of us. Quite easily we can get photos with colors and effects we never seen before (and I personally love to devote my time to photo editing, it’s one those little touches that you can provide as your trade mark). But have one thing one mind: Photographers – the photos you take should be quality in the very beginning (try to achieve decent a composition, tell a story or transmit emotion, you owe that to your audience at least some of that), parents, models and all you who have need for photography service – try to find photographer with heart, soul and good eye.

After some time, you will realize how much you gonna appreciate work of someone who was truly able to provide you fun at photo shooting and photos that represent you and your life at that point because you’ll always go back to them.

For the end, here is one photo from this session SOC (Straight.Outta.Camera).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Penni permalink
    August 12, 2011 1:15 am

    Mili, these are unbelievable..great job! Penni in Indy

  2. Milica Tepavac Photography permalink
    August 12, 2011 1:19 am

    Thank you very much dear Penni:-)

  3. Miriam permalink
    August 12, 2011 12:20 pm

    I have discovered your photographs by chance, but I am every day again and more amazed by the beauty of your work!!!

  4. Milica Tepavac Photography permalink
    August 12, 2011 12:55 pm

    Miriam, thank you for beautiful words!

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