It’s time for Part 2 of this tale. After turning in the dark perfume layout that I did last week, I had a chance to re-do it. We were to either catch-up an assignment that we missed, do something totally different and wonderful or redo an earlier assignment that we wanted to improve. For me, that dark bottle had to be redone. I didn’t even like the perfume itself that I purchased the first time around. I thought I did until I actually squirted it beneath my ears and on my wrists. It made me wheeze and it was very strong smelling when I used it more than one squirt on the wrist in the store. Since I knew I couldn’t wear it, I returned it to the store and exchanged it for this bottle of Givenchy that is lighter and doesn’t make me wheeze. I squirted it all over and walked around the store to make sure it would work for me this time. What luck that I got to switch scents, and in turn, containers.
Just like last time, I was surprised by what the box contained for a lid. I ended up liking both the lid and bottle and this re-done layout a whole lot better than the “green” layout. Sometimes my stomach just doesn’t feel good when I look at a finished image. That’s why I knew I needed to take another shot at the perfume assignment. The light colored bottle helped with creating a Spring look this time. The bottle looked a little bronze sometimes and pink in other lights. By combining both of those colors in my backgrounds and props, I ended up with a layout that is pleasing to the eye, shows off the bottle with carefully placed lights and I ended up with new perfume that I like and apparently likes me back.
See you next week! The assignment is Coca-Cola time! I can’t wait!
Week 2 searches for my style and vision.
My Vision Statement
Week 2 was a very interesting exercise for me. I have always been told that when you have created thousands of images, you will develop a style. I knew what I liked and knew what my clients wanted but I have never had to actually define my style until now. We were asked to choose the five favorite images we had taken over the years. Armed with a set of questions to complete, we were to write our vision statement. As I went through this process and looked at my favorite five, I was shocked to see the similarities among them. Each image was a different female subject, all backgrounds were different, poses were different and some were in color while others were black and white. The style was definitely the same. It was just amazing. It is said that you develop your style by looking back not looking forward at your work. Now I understand that statement. I am supposed to keep my vision statement (on the image above) in my mind as I create images. My vision statement is really just for me, not my clients. It is what inspires me, what makes my heart sing and what should be visible in each of my images. As I incorporate my vision, I hope that one day my pictures will be recognizable as mine and stand out in some way so people say, “Gloria McDonald created this image.”
Thanks for reading this. See you for Week 3, Still Life.
Week 1 of my 52 week journey into commercial photography begins now.
It has been almost a year since I added anything to my blog. My last post was so deeply moving for me that I just haven’t had the heart to write something new. I wanted that final tribute to my friend to be what everyone saw.
I think it’s time to update my blog and turn the page. I have been a working professional photographer since 2004. During this time, I have continued my photographic education. One of the things I love about photography is that you never get to the end and can always seek a higher level of expertise. I took a black and white class in the spring and in September I began a 52 week Commercial Photography class called Project 52 (P52). I hope that you decide to come along for the ride. This course is going to stretch me as I learn the ins and outs of commercial photography to add to my portraiture work.
Our first assignment was to approach a stranger and photograph them. There are varied backgrounds and varied levels of photographers in P52 so approaching a stranger was more difficult for some than for others. This was a fun way to start the year since I’m used to approaching strangers for photography. I made the image pretending that it was a commercial assignment. Since I am a portrait photographer, I decided on using her as a model selling cosmetics. I found my stranger at Ulta so, of course, cosmetics was the perfect fit. Here is the image that I submitted for assignment #1.
I’ll continue to share my assignments as I have them finished. The next submission requires me to create my Vision Statement with a picture to illustrate it. Definitely a challenge!