I ran around all day with this lady creating a bio video for her! It was extremely easy to capture her easygoing personality and eagerness to work with a camera. Her style is very go with the flow until she gets the exact shot. Though a bio video’s main objective is to show potential clients who the photographer is, Alexis’ bio video just doesn’t do justice to her actual work, which by the way is amazing. You definitely need to meander over to her tumblr blog at http://alexisrenson.tumblr.com/. Her portraits go beyond photographing the people in front of her, and her unusual perspective is very inspiring to creative minds.
I browsed her blog just now and noticed I’m in a couple of shots! Holla!
When I was in high school I wanted to shoot fashion. I suppose I had it in my head that I was a nifty thrifty trend setter who could bring a certain dramatic and quirky edge to fashion photography. I’d still consider myself thrifty (or cheap…), but I’ve long left the dreams of shooting tall models in long gorgeous dresses that would take me months of eating top ramen to buy. I quickly realized I was much more interested in capturing personalities and glimpses of a seemingly attainable happy lifestyles. Clothes are fun, people are better. But, there are times when merging fashion and lifestyle becomes seamless, and really communicates the feel you want. I’m infatuated with the relaxed Santa Barbara lifestyle, and that carefree feeling finds its way into my photography. Shoots like these remind me why I never want to leave.
I’m not gonna. Ever.
Thank you so much to my lovely model Alexis Ransom! She is a fellow photographer and you can follow her on instagram here: http://www.instagram24.com/aransom_photo
The snippets of life: the moments that come and go so fast that we often pay them no attention. I have built a passion around capturing moments and surroundings and things that intrigue and inspire me. But I find myself forgetting the snippets. There are many times that I overlook something because I tell myself that it is boring. In that moment, I convince myself that some subjects are just “there”, and hold no place in creative thoughts. But time and time again, I find myself wishing that I documented these snippets, because I realize later on that they actually did intrigue me. They had the potential to be a cornerstone in a larger project, and I cannot easily revisit it. Moments are fleeting, and it is my job as a photographer to make them timeless. No one can tell you that images have to be planned, or that they have to have some sort of deep underlying meaning. Not even yourself. As artists, we have an obligation to ourselves to document life as it unfolds. This includes ideas, events, people and, of course, the snippets.
The snippets are what we see in the time between projects. They are the landmarks that lead us from point A to point B. Once we pass them, it is easy to forget them. Try not to forget them. Challenge yourself to give the small moments your full attention. Find the value in overlooked detail. If you allow the snippets to become these documented moments, you have opened a whole new range of possibilities.
I call this “Snippets of Sushi Time” which took place at Kai Sushi in Santa Barbara. Nom nom 🙂
You cannot fully understand the phrase “two peas in a pod” until you meet Matt and Tania. For as long as I have known them they have been attached at the hip. She makes him watch Teen Wolf (though secretly I think he enjoys it), and he makes her…accept and love him. And she does whole-heartedly. When they got engaged, I knew I was taking their engament photos. I wouldn’t take no for an answer. The day of the shoot I made them hike a little (sorry guys!), but they happily let me drag them around to different locations because they knew that I was excited for this shoot.
As I was organizing and editing through the images today, I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. The whole shoot was unbelievably adorable. Capturing moments like these makes my heart so so happy!
A couple of months ago I reconnected with a friend I used to intern with. He is sarcastic, he is a videographer, and he has very majestic hair. My type of friend. He introduced me to a pal of his and we shot down by the beach. I’m starting to shoot more and more for myself. I can’t keep making blog posts about doing the things that make you happy and not follow my own advice.
I am excited about the direction I am taking with my photography and art. There is so much work I have yet to post! I am getting back into the groove and hopefully it stays that way!
I want to capture confidence. There is no other feeling like knowing where your feet stand and in what direction you look towards. We are humans, and we have moments where we have no idea what path we are on, or even if we are on a path at all. I have been there and so have you. But you can keep venturing on until you figure it out. During your journey, through it’s ups and downs, you may discover something about yourself. I found that if I clean my whole office (organizing, redecorating and clorox wiping EVERYTHING) I get into this creative zone where I feel like I can tackle any idea. I keep learning things about myself and finding different sources of inspiration. When I finally decide I have found a path to follow, the things I learned when I was struggling a bit made me more confident to take on this new journey.
Spent on the top floor of a parking garage with my good friend Chelsea and her sassy dog Lucy. The smallest little wine containers from World Market and lots of spontaneous self portraits. I’d say it was a pretty creative Saturday night.
My blog posting needs to be less sporadic. Trying to organize an artist’s mind is fruitless. Too many ideas and too little time to sort them. But hey! A new post yay! (finally…) In my Creative Digital Imaging class our assignment was to create five black and white images cropped into squares. They didn’t have to be cohesive, but I took this as an opportunity to create some images that really encompassed my love for bizarre things. I think it’s important to push the limits of your creativity, as weird as the work may be. When you are not afraid to create art, you let go of that impulse to edit your work, and the art really become something that is entirely your own. I approached this project with the phrase “I am at home…” Some people say that they are more at home in the water than they are on land (think swimmers, surfers…). But the overarching idea is that everyone has a place they feel most home at, and it does not necessarily need to be a house. Personally, I am torn between my little art room and Costco (especially during PRIME sample time mmmm). Your home, your sanctuary, and your place of peace; they are very important. They are essential for artists.
My model Lauren Spooner was such a trooper. Even with the small window of time to shoot, the waves we had to fight through, and all of the props she had to work with, she was incredible. At one point we lost the mug. But then we found it. And by that I mean she had to dive underwater and get it. I was hoping to get some actual portrait shots of her, but we ran out of time 😦 So expect those portraits at some point in the future posts!
I love photographing Audrey. We went to the same high school, but never really knew each other. One day I saw on Facebook she moved to Santa Barbara, and I asked her to model for an assignment. She has been one of my closest friends ever since, and she is always saving my ass when I need a model ASAP. The best thing about having Audrey model is that she has so many expressions. My favorite is when she models with this sort of quirky, awkward beauty. She is one of the least vain people I know (and she definitely has her funny awkward moments!), so It captures her perfectly.
Did you know that if you darken a whole room, and let a small circle of light shine through the window, you can create your own pinhole camera? Science man. After a lot of cardboard, duck tape, and a 30 second shutter speed, I was able to bring into my bathroom the image outside the window. I figured this was a sweet opportunity to create a bizarre self-portrait. As you can probably tell from my photography so far, the quirky and unusual things in life serve as a means of inspiration for me. I try to find things in day to day life that breaks the monotony of it; things that remind me that life can be interesting and exciting if I remember to keep an eye open for ’em.