A bit of insight into my image making process…..
The concept, studio set, model selection, lighting, background, effects, props, etc…. are all considerations in achieving the vision and final result. For me it’s a balance of all of this while allowing the space for collaboration between myself and the model. The model must feel free and open to contribute. While I don’t usually have a specific image in mind, I am focused on mood, feel, emotion and concept constantly asking myself questions as each frame is composed. I’ll work through as many or as few poses and frames as needed until I get an image that I feel is strong.
The two images below are a good example of this process. The first one was shot first and the second a few frames later. While I liked the first one I knew it wasn’t strong enough to make the cut. For me the first one confuses the viewer as the eye is not really sure what to focus on and begins to wander around looking for it. I’m also uncomfortable with her face being highlighted and then hidden by her arms. The shadow line on her chest and torso is also not placed as well as it could be. With all of these issues resolved in the second image I find it much stronger. Her arms being raised framing her face and allowing it to be completely visible holds the viewer. I don’t find my eye searching for the main subject, it’s intrinsic.
Depth and aesthetics are achieved in photography, especially something with high contrast, using highlights and shadows. Misplaced highlights and or shadows will quickly reduce the quality of the image and the viewing experience. One of the big reasons I love studio work so much is the high level of control I have with the lighting.
Model credit: Erica Jay