couples' portraits

Couples' Portraits: Tori & Derek

Ivory Sky Media's very own Tori Green modeled for us in a couples' portraits photo shoot with none other than Derek Mems (also known as Dshyne Phresh).

Allen was more than happy to be their photographer for the day, so one morning the trio headed over to San Francisco for a few hours of posing and smiling for the camera. Specifically, they chose Clarion Alley as their location, a place known for its creative artwork in the form of graffiti murals. When they arrived, it was mostly empty but for a few others taking pictures of the artwork. The sky overhead was overcast and it was a bit chilly at the start of the shoot. Regardless of the weather, however, the three were able to capture some really cool shots.

They started in the alley, where Allen photographed Tori and Derek just interacting, having fun, and being themselves. It was here that the couple was in there first outfit, which Derek was able to pick out. Their wardrobe changed as they left the alley, and the two brought out their inner sports fans. Tori's all about the Raiders and Derek backs up the Broncos. Between the two of them, they know everything there is about what's happening in the football world. This definitely shines through in their pictures. And it was in these sports-oriented outfits that Allen was also able to take his favorite photos of the shoot. Having left the alley, they simply wandered around the surrounding area, exploring the Mission District of San Francisco. They stumbled across a random park in the middle of an industrial area and found a grungy garage door to pose in front of. The whole thing was very impromptu and all three of them just went with the flow and had fun with it.

After just a few hours, Allen had gotten some really good shots that turned out to be real crowd-pleasers. Tori and Derek loved them and so did their family and friends. Looking back on it, Tori says that it was "a little weird" to be in front of the camera rather than behind it, but she and Derek are both extremely happy with how the photos turned out. You can view some of them in the gallery below.

Written by Danika Lam