Monique | Fine Art Abstract Painter

Monique is a colorful abstract painter who works with gouache paints to create her colorful pieces of art. Monique and her family are based in the Washington D.C. area and she and her husband both currently serve in the U.S. Air Force. 

Plans for Moniques brand images

The motivation behind this shoot was to have a set of very intentional brand images that showcased Monique’s creative process as she prepares to create a piece of art. The end result for these images would be a website, newsletter, & social media content that all had the bright and light feeling of her creations. 

Brand session shot list

As we planned this brand session, we created a shotlist that took us through her process before, during, and after creating her paintings. Monique’s shotlist looked like this:

  • Desk/Studio set up
  • Painting at the desk
  • Picking out paint samples
  • Sketching
  • Painting on a canvas
  • Art inspiration books
  • Planning a moodboard
  • Mockup images for prints
  • Working with Military uniform in the background
  • Custom stock images with painting materials/tools
  • Packaging up an order
  • Headshots

Creating diverse content with cohesion

We had a big shot list and I wanted to create a very diverse set of images for Monique that still looked very cohesive and were recognizable as “her” and “her brand”, even though we were only going to be in one location. We accomplished this by having her change often, creating different scenes in the same space, and moving around props to fill out the space and keep the colors consistent throughout. 

Versatile location for the brand session

The location for her session was very important because it needed to be neutral enough to compliment the bright colors (both warm and cool tones) in her paintings. After looking at some options like AirBnB in the D.C. area, we decided our best option would be The Lightbox in Annapolis, Maryland. There were many different spaces for us to work in with come very neutral props to work with. 

Props for Monique’s Brand Session

Monique did a fantastic job with the props that she brought to her session (she literally had a truck full). We had enough props to turn our clean location into a space that truly looks like it belongs to her. She brought many books, tools, finished paintings, and plants to fill out the space. Throughout her session we moved props around so that it all looked cohesive and full…but with a clean look. 

Enjoy some of my favorite images from Monique’s creative brand session:

Hair and Makeup: Hudson & Fouquet Salon

Studio: The Lightbox Studio Annapolis

Videography: Nvu Films

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meet Gari-Ann

Gari-Ann Kia is an accomplished Branding and Product Photographer with a passion for helping creatives and professionals elevate their brand by showcasing their product, promoting their services, or simply enhancing their brand image. Gari-Ann's expertise in branding and product photography will help you stand out from the crowd. With years of experience in the field, Gari-Ann has honed her skills and developed a unique approach to visual storytelling that resonates with her clients and their target audience to help them stand out from the crowd.

Gari-Ann currently lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling with her family, some of their favorite destinations have been Santorini, Wanaka, Paris, & Aix en Provence. In her free time, Gari-Ann enjoys giving back to her community by supporting fellow military spouses & their families and mentoring other small business owners.