Stefanie changed her hair colour, which meant it was time to shoot again (images from my first shoot with her are here)
Last week I shot with a model for her portfolio (these are a few of my favs). I decided to shoot a roll of film as well but when I took my Pentax out, the light meter decided to quit on me. Luckily I could meter with my DSLR, but I still felt like a little part of me died. I guess it’s back to using the hand held meter….
I was stuck in a creative rut for a little while…and this was because I was too concerned with what everyone would think of my work. When I was shooting for myself, I was still basically creating work for other people. Realizing this was my first (tiny) step out of the rut. The next step was much harder (and one I’m still struggling with) – creating work that I liked, regardless of the opinions of others.
I’m going to take you through my thought process/post workflow regarding the shoot that sparked that initial realization…
Here we have a pretty model in the grass and it’s all very sun-kissed and “California” looking. This vibe is why I get hired and I love it but when I’m shooting personal work, it should be the time when I can try new things.
(and c’mon – how many photos of a pretty girl sitting in the grass does one photographer need?)
Around the middle of December we boarded a plane and flew north, to Chiang Mai. This was probably my favourite part of the trip. We visited a traditional Karan tribe, where the women still practice the art of neck extension. We also checked out the white temple (and it’s less famous counterpart, the black temple). We went to an elephant camp, played with tigers, and stayed in the MOST magical place I have ever laid my head.
One of my makeup artists (and long-time collaborators) approached me wanting to do a look that was very heavy on the makeup side…which was a nice change from the extremely natural stuff I’ve been shooting recently. We shot in studio (which is after the jump) but I really can’t help myself – and had to take Ashton outside for a few shots…