I suppose for many photographers, people become a canvas. The expressions and actions they direct are the movements of their own sort of “paintbrush.” But sometimes, when I’m feelin a little artsy, I literally make my models a canvas. Why not dig out the paint and do something unexpected? I love having a blank canvas in front of me. Sure, its process to the finished image, but no one says you can’t have fun with it. Paint some eyeballs, some lips, maybe a tree…anything! It’s your project!
As always, my lovely model Audrey Mangiameli doing her thang! Whipping that hair! 🙂
So I have my weeks. They are the weeks where I swear I have lost my mind. This week has been that kind of week. The to-do list becomes this evil thing looming over your head.
You have been there, haven’t you?
But then you have to remember why you have this list: you are creating opportunities. You create opportunities because you have the drive, and you know you have it in you to handle the responsibilities you put on yourself. You have it in you to take one thing at a time, and check off the to-do list like champ. And you know what? The list never ends! But that’s okay because you know what you can handle, what you can attack easily and what you can chip at until you can check it off the list. It’s all about keeping your cool, and knowing that some things are just out of your control. You do what you can, and hold fast to the motivation that gets you from point A to point B.
Thank you to my beautiful model Sophie Merkley! You rocked those sassy shades like no one’s business in that freezing water!
Variety is everything! Humans get bored. It’s what we do. If we see the same look over and over we eventually lose interest. Keep your viewers in mind when you shoot. How many personalities can you show in that short amount of time? You can’t just expect your model to conjure up all of the expressions you have in your head. You are the director! So where to get inspiration…?
Here are some boards I find to be inspiring when I need ideas for expression
I love monsters! There is no right or wrong way to create them. It can have one eye, five eyes, three heads…it can be holding an icecream cone or wearing a little t-shirt (i always put t-shirts on my monsters). I like to make chunky blobby monsters with widdle itty bitty arms, because it looks so funny. I give them hats and oversized teeth. Sometimes they have straight teeth. Occasionally they have bowties.
So if your stumped on how to create monsters, refer to this cute little step-by-step guide for a reference. But remember, you are always right!