On the Self

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Again, it comes to my attention that self portraits are very important to being a photographer. It forces you to know what your model is going through, and understand that sometimes the most flattering position, is not the most comfortable, among other things.

Being on both sides of the camera gives you a sense of what you need to do as the photographer to improve everyone’s experience on set. Self portraits allow you to practice lighting, retouching, poses, camera angles and especially focus.

And of course, all technicality aside, self portraits are a perfect outlet for expression. Expressing oneself through a model doesn’t always end up with the result you’re seeking. Their face might not be just right because they don’t feel what you feel. Sometimes, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself…or something like that.

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Quirktastic

 

There’s something I’ve always loved about weirdos. They’re unique. Not afraid to be themselves. I know I can be pretty weird myself, so naturally, I like to ย show it in my work.

I love the idea of beautiful people doing weird things. Completely opposite of what the general population would find attractive. I suppose it’s what I find attractive.ย I feel it adds something different to your average portrait of someone. A portraits purpose is to show the person how they are, so why not add a few of their personality traits?

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Aviphile

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My latest shoot. The idea was there. I know the images are interesting, but I’m still not satisfied with them. Not because of the model, Jacqueline Tatum, her 11 birds, or the makeup artist, Natalie Moreno. It’s the lighting.

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Sometimes I make the mistake of being lazy. I’ll admit it. I love the way natural window light looks, so even though I’m in an environment that I know doesn’t have sufficient window light, and I have my strobes with me, I’m stubborn. It’s a flaw I think I’ve always had, and still proves to be something I need to overcome.

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Setting up strobes can be a huge pain. On top of that, I was nervous to use them around live birds for fear of frightening them off. The result, poor lighting. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy the images, I just wish they were….more.

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More impactful. More dramatic. More inspiring.

There’s always something to improve on as a photographer. I think laziness is my latest goal.

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Feel Something With Me

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Photography has always been a way to capture the world as it truly is; vivid colors, beauty, devastation, culture, etc. It tells no lies and makes people feel like they are there with the photographer, standing next to them as they adjust the shutter and f/stop of the camera. They see what the photographer sees through the lens of the camera, and nothing more.

This is not what I want to bring to the world of photography. I want people to not only see what I see through the lens of my camera, but I want them to feel something. Anything. I want to use my photography to bring people to think beyond the image itself and into their own interpretation of the work and how it makes them feel. I want my photography to inspire people.

When I look at the world around me, I donโ€™t just see the surrounding scenery. I see shadows, light and detail that can all be transformed into something else, or manipulated in a way to make your eye jump from one part of the image to another. I guess you could say that my mind works for the camera. I have an image of what the final piece is going to look like before I have even captured the first image.

I want to be able to dedicate my time to photographs of the world as I see it, or as I dream it. I believe that my photography can transform simple objects into dramatic displays of light and dark, color and black and white, beauty and despair; I want everyone to witness the images my mind produces for me before a camera is ever raised to my eye.

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I was once told that art isnโ€™t really art unless it makes you feel something. Feel something with me.

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