I am only doing this just to make myself feel better after abandoning ze blog! Abandon I shall, but only until May 15th, really its time to put school and all that serious stuff in the front seat :)
Just temporarily and then return to weekly posts like I usually did! Yup one of those things, See ya in May! xo
Cant go wrong with black and white, go Riley! ok this is the final of the first look with Riley, I’ve got tons to edit for the 2nd look (which I really can’t wait to share), there goes my weekend.
#007: Raymond Meeks
What can I say? I am gravitating towards silence. For a minute I’ve been thinking about moving away from the noise and looking at my heart instead, focusing on shooting photos that speak from within, away from just pretty pictures. I want to tell my story, I want to do work that is authentically me- what does that even mean? I asked for a response on that here- answers are still welcome.
I first got introduced to Meek’s work last year when I just begun taking photography classes back in Santa Barbara. Right away I was intrigued and I stored his name away at my bank of memory. His images are authentic and feel silent. Mute, yet speaks volumes. I love the quietness, the stillness that is conveyed in his images. It feels personal yet inviting…I dunno but this is totally inspiring me right now!
here is to another beautiful week ahead!
Florence and The Machine : Cosmic love
“Let’s talk about magic. Because music, at its best, is a kind of magic that lifts you up and takes you somewhere else. “I want my music to sound like throwing yourself out of a tree, or off a tall building, or as if you’re being sucked down into the ocean and you can’t breathe,” says Florence Welch. “It’s something overwhelming and all-encompassing that fills you up, and you’re either going to explode with it, or you’re just going to disappear.”
Who is her creative director? omg.
Its a FATM kinda weekend. on replay.
These were done on the first day of spring ( I think!) well I photographed them during springbreak. Riley the model was a total breeze to work with in-spite of the stubborn Minnesota chills brrr
So yeah a little back story, we got kicked out from this particular location (say whaat?!) BUT found an even kick-ass one for the second look which I can’t wait to share with you!
In the meantime…heres some Pastry to kick off your weekend-
I really wanted to name this series Pastel cause its so fitting, except I have another series by that same name I did last summer- check it here
Happy Friday to you and you and you xo
Hair & Makeup: Melanie Rivers Beauty
Photography & Retouch: Rosiah Marie
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#006 Julia Hetta
Guys guys guys! I am so excited for a new month, a new week, another Monday. Right now I feel happier than usual, maybe its Spring or all the milk I’ve been drinking lately (shocker!).
So I’ve been looking at a lot of photography online like I usually do and am just amazed and inspired by the vast amount of talent out there. which leads me to Julia Hetta- she interests me because her work is so strong and easily identifiable as being her own. No matter if she’s doing fashion spreads or just portraits or product shots- it remains coherent and unique to her.
Julia has developed a romantic style and the characters carry the sensuous vibe and the elements of the Renaissance with subtle dark settings.
My question is though, how does one develop a concrete body of work & unique style? How does one come up with a theme thats very dominant and evident throughout their work, as in a series? In short how does one come up with a successful photo series? Its really easy for me to spot a cleverly put series of photography because everything just fits and blends so well and am like “woah how did they think of that?” or “how did they make it fit so well?”
In part I do have recipe in my hand, made from snippets of quotes from artists I admire. For instance one of my favorite graphic designers; Shauna Haider always emphasizes on consistency. And in her words…”consistency was the key to everything, whether it was a degree, a job or blogging success.” She walks her truth and her work and personal style is so clearly meshed together and is uniquely her!
Another part of my incomplete recipe for photo series success comes from a photographer whose work I greatly adore; Brooke Shaden; an artist with a unique aesthetic and strong body of work in a clearly carved out niche (check her out!!) . She advices to look within and focus on what makes us happy then shoot it!
basically my point is what?
1. You have to shoot what you love & give it your personal twist, and
2. be consistent!
Am curious how do the rest of you creatives develop a coherent and successful series of work?
The thing I’ve learnt is that obstacles will always be there, roadblocks and detours are part of the journey. Either I can over-think it and let it break me or I can simply learn the lesson and move on.
When faced with a pothole of-course I usually begin by dwelling on the issue at hand, over-analyzing it, then let it irritate me for a little bit before finally letting it go and choosing to look at the bright side of life. I have been accused of being too optimistic a.k.a a Pollyanna but thats ok- only because being negative and devastated for so long will not make a situation any better so why not choose to see the sparkle in the dent :)? The other weird twist is that I then start criticizing myself for being too calm and sometimes am a little blurry over when to choose to fight for something and when to just spare my energy. Its a weird weird place to be!
Nonetheless my mantra has been to always keep it moving. I have to keep going forward, I have to make my own path even where it seems dark and void. I have to pick myself up and not loose the fire or live un-inspired because if I do not, no one will do it for me. But thats the beauty of this journey! Roadblocks are the things to backdrop all other aspects of your life against and that way everything just lights up and appears more beautiful.
Roadblocks make you patient, roadblocks make you stop and smell the flowers. Roadblocks give you perspective and you gauge what matters and what does not. Who matters and who does not.
Basically what am saying is that roadblocks are okay and are to be expected, (fact) nothing personal; 1 Peter 4:12 & James 1:2
We just got to remember to keep it moving at the end of the day!
#005 Eric Cahan: Sky Series
Who knew the sky we see everyday could be so diverse? These are photographs of the sky at either sunrise or sunset.
Also influencing Cahan’s thinking is the Impressionists’ depiction of natural light and its ever-changing qualities, and the artist’s study of Color Theory – the science of how colors, tones, and hues combine to create widely varied determinable results. Cahan is particularly compelled to pursue the magical light of a sunrise or sunset.
aurevoir spring break! Back to dem books.