I may not have mentioned it in a while, but I am still steadily working on my own various concepts and working my way through the Awake Photoshop Artistry course, I can honestly say I have grown; emotionally, personally, creatively and artistically. If you asked me 12 months ago, where I saw myself now……it would not be here, I may have hoped to be somewhere near here, but I think in the back of my mind I didn’t really believe it. And that is part of the course, to drag us kicking and screaming and to begin to believe in ourselves as artists, sure we learn fascinating techniques and grow artistically and creatively, but we honestly grow spiritually and emotionally as well. He encourages us and pushes us to constantly work just outside our comfort zone, and thus the line keeps getting re drawn. Sure I have moved out of my comfort zone with others, but that is OK too…….everyone works to their own schedule.
I used to wish I could create art like others………I can’t – I am not them, I am me! That took a while to learn, silly but true. I can be inspired by other artists, but in the end, I must use my own voice. Hence I must make my own art. and lately I have made a very big step from creating with what I had on hand to purposefully & creatively designing my own shoots, working with actual models and directing the whole shoot, not with other photographers, just me in the studio with a model and creating my vision.
My next big step was asking for what I want, I wanted another model to work with so I asked, I joined a for FTFP (Free time for photos)Model groups and sought a model who had the ‘look’ I was after and I simply asked. Funny how small the world gets, as it turns out she knows my model Rachelle and loved the stuff I did with her. This was also helpful as she understood the kinds of images I shoot……..no fashion photographer here! Anyway after a few messages back and forth we set up a time and date and I started planning in earnest my next shoot, unfortunately it all fell through at the last minute, and my daughter stepped in, again! Don’t get me wrong I love working with my daughters, but I want to mix things up and not use the same person in all of my photos………But we work with what we are given; so here is Girl in the Red Dress.
The Original concept for this shoot was part Brooke Shaden’s Storm to move Mountains piece, but also a little bit Alice in Wonderland, with a nod to Van Gogh thrown in as well. Of course her dog, Buddy just had to get in on the action as well