Okay guys, I’m back. I know how much you have missed my long ramblings about the brain. I mean, I know how much I missed rambling. There is nowhere for the piling up of creative thoughts to go except out, and in the form of words or work or whatever you choose. Actually, I have been doing a lot of work! I’ve got those last semester of photo school feels, and I’m feeling the pressure of the real world. Yikes! But if all goes as planned, I get to stay put in sunny Santa Barbara and hopefully continue my artistic endeavors. And of course, my sporadic ramblings on the inter webs. The images you see here was a project with one lovely Caitlyn Silkey (thank you girl!) and a plan to create a nerdy but gorgeous persona through photography. She was awesome and very understanding of my spontaneous shooting style, and she did a wonderful job transforming into this character. I would also like to give a shout-out to my rats Pinky and Brain for their first ever modeling gig. I am always stoked to follow through with a fun and quirky shoot like this because its such a walk in the park. I wish all shoots were like this….
I know i know…you have been dying to know how to draw another monster to adorn your homework. There is no exact steps when I draw mine. They just start to develop as I add features. So this little guy (lets name him Jerry) literally started as two circles and my brain didn’t have a clear picture of what he looked like until he was finished. He’s so cute. Look at his little shirt with a bitty tree on the front.
*sigh* I wish monsters were real (the cute squishy ones)
I love faces. I love how you can create a story just by seeing a face. Where have they been? Who are they? When I photograph people I want the image to be more than technically correct. I want expression to give more than that blank stare look we see so often on models faces.
Intrigue your viewers. Make them look twice or longer than two seconds.
Thank you to my lovely models (from top to bottom) Kaitlyn Hawkins, Thania Madere, and Nicolle Sims 🙂
I mean, I do enjoy film. It’s that day before Christmas feeling when you finally get your film developed in the dark room, and you are just about to unroll the spool. After an hour or so of technical agitation with the various darkroom mixtures in your canister of film, you pull off the negatives and hold them to the light. You pray they come out. In those few seconds of unspooling you think, “Shootshootshoot…did I use the right ISO on my phone light meter?! Damn you ISO 400 film!” You realize that digital cameras have spoiled you. As the light shines through the strip, you breathe a sigh of relief. YESSS! They are perfect (at least you tell yourself that because developing that one roll of film took forever).
And then comes the printing. There is really something magical about seeing your image come to life as you let the developer wash over the now exposed print. Then awe turns into a wee bit of frustration when you print that same print over and over to fine tune those dark room edits. But you power through and find the perfect time of exposure and contrast, and you define what areas to doge and burn. You print a few more of that perfect image. YES, IM SUCH A PHOTOGRAPHER. Fist pump.
One down. A million more to go. Yay.
Thank God for scanners. Having all of my negatives in one organized file on my harddrive? Yes please.
You can follow these beautiful models on instagram at adreamdiffered and kayhawks13.
Nicole (the one with the crazy stick bra) is a great friend and fellow photographer. Her photographs are gorgeous! You can check out her site here http://nicolecanegata.com/
If you want to see how film is really done, please make your way to
Okay. So Bailey is not wild, at least not personality wise. In fact, she is the exact opposite. She is very collected and mature (much more mature than most people my age!), and I was so intrigued at how a twelve year old could have so much ambition. I think this confidence and sense of being really translated into her images. I have worked with so many models who have moments of being unsure during, which is completely understandable. But to my surprise, this girl I met while working at the deli turns out to be one of the best (and most fun!) models to work with. It was so difficult to choose the photos to blog about!
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!