Creating with Depth

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks.
-Yo-Yo Ma
 

For years I have wrestled with my personal desire to improve my skill for photography. I am a lover of art but most specifically art that conveys emotions. I want to capture pain, anger, love, surrender, etc… And I can’t help but feel angry and frustrated at myself for getting wrapped in thinking that a random 30min-hr shoot that has no concept, fore thought, or preparation is going to give me an image I am proud of.

I have slowly realized that behind every image I value from another photographer; it has depth  of emotions, preparation, and time. These spontaneous shoots are leaving me feeling rushed, uninspired and unprepared. I have sat here the last two days trying to edit images I am not proud of and have walked away frustrated at myself thinking that I can edit my way into loving them. But I can’t. I feel almost embarrassed.

It brings me back to quantity versus quality. Would you rather have a bunch of “okay” images or a few jaw dropping magazine worthy images? I know what I would rather have!

I am not saying you can’t get a killer image in an unprepared shoot. I am saying that when I execute a photoshoot that I have been dreaming, I’ve styled, prepared and set aside a bit of time for, there is something incredibly rewarding when you look at your work afterwards. The more thought that goes into the shoot, the believe images will more likely be unique/original.

I also want to clarify that I’m not dissing anyone who loves taking spontaneous shoots with random people! Some of my favorite images have come from modeling without much thought going into them. When I am modeling with Emily DeKoster, who by the way is a great friend, she is also thinking about ideas + concepts that interest her to shoot + we are always discussing our ideas together. So even though our shoots together may be only an hour we both are walking in on the same page + prepared to execute those concepts.

I think I am saying all this because over the next little while I think I will be moving towards creating concepts for my images versus quick images + that even goes for my modeling + my photography.

So with all that said, here is my latest work with Emily DeKoster!

This shoot makes me feel so proud just thinking about who I was before last September to who I am how. It portrays my confidence in being okay with standing out, pushing the limits of creativity + being weird, but in all that feeling vulnerable + exposed. 

Symbols

paint + red coat – being okay with standing out + being bold

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high ponytail – a feeling of growth in confidence

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one-piece – always feeling exposed + vulnerable in my work

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quirky poses – representing my personal acceptance in me being weird, unique, and different

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hard shadows – speaks to who I am + my personality (I’m very black + white and a all or nothing kind of person) which has stayed consistent through the years

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Wow, that was a lot of images! haha! I hope one or two images caught your eye. This was such a fun little project to work on with Emily!

Please feel free to save, share, pin, etc.. I want you to walk away feeling inspired to try something different + unique. Maybe encourage you to put some thought into an emotion or something you want to convey to your audience in your next shoot!

xx- ray