Practice makes better? Hopefully. Practice definitely keeps me sane!
I get all of these ideas in my head. As I drive around town, I see photos materialize in my brain and wonder if+how+when I can come back and capture them. Sometimes it requires a certain type of family to make it work, sometimes a certain light, a certain type of clothing, etc. My ideas are always fairly specific. And I used to just dream about them without making them happen. Now I'm working to get out there more. Practice. See if what I visualize in my brain I can make a reality with my camera+photoshop.
I'm not totally willing to practice with actual paying clients! What if my ideas fall apart and the images suffer? What if MY idea is not what they want for their session? So many of my clients are AWESOME and let me chose the location or help with clothing choices so that my style shows through in their images. And I LOVE that.
But I still need practice. Everyone does.
So today I yanked one of my favorite families to photograph out into the sun! Oh yes, it was so warm today! Halleluia! It was NOT warm this morning however and we all froze. ANYWAY. So I urged them to wear their "Sunday Best" and suggested a dress, ties, sweater vests, khakis... think Easter Sunday I guess. And then I took them to old abandoned buildings. Get it? Juxtaposition. Contrast. A beautiful dressed up family + rust and dead vines and peeling paint. True to their word they showed up in a dress, ties and a sweater vest of the tiniest kind! Perfect.
I got LOTS of shots but have only finished two. I'll show more as I get them done!
Both boys adjusting their ties? OMG I love it.
So while we were driving around town warming up I told them about another idea I've had and mentioned that I just needed a HOT couple to make it work. What did they do? They volunteered of course! And we were able to make it work tonight! So great!
The idea I've been stewing about is taking an engagement session and starting around sunset to get that glorious golden light but then continuing the session into the night. Literally going on a light hunt. In my mind I had images of all these amazing sexy+moody+black and white shots. Deep contrast in the lighting+dramatic shadows. But I have never shot in available light like that so I had no idea if I could pull it off.
But they were game and I was excited so the second Chris walked in the door I ran out to meet them. We didn't take as many as I would if it were an actual session and there is an obvious learning curve here as it was my first attempt at this kind of lighting hunt, but MAN OH MAN some of the images make me happy!
They are not perfect. There are shots I thought would be amazing and totally sucked. Most didn't make the cut. But I am SO happy I got out there and TRIED. I attempted something I never have and am happy with at least some of them! More than happy with others. And drop dead in love with a few.
I'm telling you all this b/c I get a lot of emails asking me how to do specific things like a certain post-processing technique or camera settings or whatever and all I can really tell you is to GO PRACTICE! Almost all that I have learned is simply by doing this. Finding someone that will let me play and get creative. I reward them with a disk of their photos for free b/c I'm nice like that. HA! Really, I am so eternally grateful for families like this that let me experiment I sometimes feel like I should be paying them!
So please, I hope this encourages you to get out there and play! Practice! Celebrate your own creativity! Enjoy it!
Thanks Katie and Russ! I hope you like them!