I hear that a lot. Especially when I have created a piece that is odd and strange and ….well, a bit out there. Inspiration, for me, comes from many places. Dreams especially. I have bizarre dreams and sometimes I think it’s just the artist brain gathering ideas and presenting them like “What should we do next?”
Sometimes I see a painting and really like the colors and think it will be the perfect combination to create a texture. We had frost on our windows once and I took a photo of it to use as an overlay on some winter photos. Sometimes the simple things work really well too.
I also love looking at Pinterest. Pinterest is my go-to place when I want to relax. I can still keep my brain occupied and yet, let the creative part of my brain wander around.
I love looking at other photographer’s work, but I don’t try to duplicate what has already been done. Sometimes I will notice that an idea or concept is the same, but that they were executed very differently. It’s a very cool thing to notice that there is another person out there who thinks along the same artistic lines that you do and that you aren’t alone in your somewhat bizarre thinking!
And I think that is what inspires me most…..the realization that my brain is free to explore whatever it chooses to. No matter how weird, bizarre, or even freaky people might think it is, it’s mine. I created it. These ideas have to come out and I have to create them to put them aside and move on.
If you are a photographer or an artist and you want to create, DO IT. Explore those sides. Does it mean you have to put them in your portfolio? No. But it does mean that you had the guts to create something from your vision, your perspective, and created a piece that is uniquely your own. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and don’t be afraid to ruffle feathers. Art isn’t about playing it safe. Art is about expressing who you are and what you see. The good, the bad, and even the ugly.
If you want to create…..look within you. Listen to those little voices and what they are saying. Don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. If you play it safe, you will never know what you could have achieved!
Sometimes I get so caught up in shooting and editing and then doing creative shoots that I forget to showcase what I am working on!
I recently had the pleasure of photographing this Lil’ Guy….I shot his newborn images and here we are now a whole year later. And we have some beautiful Fall colors for these images too! ♥
My how the time has just gone by. He has definitely mastered that walking…and running. He gives his Mama and Daddy a workout all day, every day.
Sometimes I get so excited about the oddest things. I love quirky stuff. I love things that are out of the “traditional” realm of what people like. I like odd, plain and simple. I find beauty in things that some people find creepy or weird. I find beauty in things that others even consider ugly. I like to think that everything has beauty to it if you only open your eyes to it.
Recently, I came upon these Hopi Kachina dolls.I couldn’t stop looking at them and studying them. The detail and the art that went into making them fascinated me. Kachina dolls are the masked spirits of the Hopi Indian tribe.The dolls are meant to be treasured and studied, not children’s toys or idols of worship. They are essentially visual representations of the spiritual realm and are associated with rain, crops, and the healing of the sick.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary the word authentic is defined as:
I originally started this blog to share sessions and now it has transformed a bit, I also post some photography related stuff and tutorials and even a few little freebies I have made. I hope that as it continues to evolve and grow that I can continue to work at integrating my love of photography along with the sessions and places I photograph.
I love photography. I love to photograph people and places and anything that grabs my attention. As I continue this journey I hope you will still come along with me and share my passion and love for all things photography related!
Well, based on the temperatures we have had lately (over 90 degrees) and the fact that I had watermelon last night and that my children are out of school, I believe it is safe to assume that summer has officially arrived here.
I love getting out in the summer and taking photos just as much as I do any time of year. There is so much around here to photograph (not to mention summer trips too!). I usually try to take a point and shoot camera with me when I am out. You never know what you might capture. Even on ridiculously hot days it is not unusual for me to get my camera out and go out shooting!
This was just a nice day at the pool. Even in the winter time when I look at this I can feel the warm summer sun and feel the cool water. Look at how clear and inviting that water looks. Who is ready for a swim now?