Shifting Ideas

Just before leaving for Chicago I did a personal photo shoot.  I love doing freelance work, but sometimes I get so caught up in the shoots I am hired for, that I stop creating my own personal artwork.  I had found myself in that slump and decided to kick my ass out of it.

I always love how my ideas shift and remold themselves during the shooting process.  It all depends how everything looks once I get it in front of the camera.  Unlike drawing or painting, I have to actually make these fantastical ideas happen in front of my lens for a brief enough moment to capture it.  For this shoot, my vision was of a woman with her head hanging out of a window and papers flying around her,  However, the paper in the wind has it's own vision of what it wants to do and you have to work with all the factors to pull the idea out of your head and into the reality, however brief that reality may be.  Funny thing is, I made Sasha throw paper at me for the better part of an hour and these are currently my two favorite shots.

Often I get the exact image that I was thinking of but, many times those aren't my favorites.  It is that picture that pushes me to start a shoot but it is the unexpected elements working together that really start to create the photograph and a scene that truly works.