Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost
I started photography the hard way by jumping straight into fine art portraits. This is a road less travelled because most photographers who pursue their dream as fine art portrait artists cannot make a living out of it. So most of them keep a job on the side and work with models, or they turn into regular portrait photographers and do fine art on the side. Fine art portraits can be found in galleries and in magazines, but very, VERY few photographers offer fine art portraiture to clients.
I decided that I would be one of the very, VERY few because I believe that everyone should have a chance to express their vision, their dream, their message, their unique being through my lens.
I have collected many fine art images over the years. You already saw some in my first blog Feminine – Fierce – Fantastic, those were in my studio. Let’s look at other types of fine art portraits.
This image was created during Iluminar Aerial’s promotional shoot . We used Iluminar’s studio and I lit the space with my strobes and used smoke to created a painterly effect.
A Groom and a Bride
This image was created during Emmy and Travis Moon’s wedding in Grand Lake. This image is made of 3 composited shots. I have also applied textures to create a painterly feel.
The Ice Queen
This image was created on a very cold day, with one of my seniors, Kaitlyn Thornton. I used the natural light and berries. I then processed the image to create a cinematic feel.
This image was created at the Farmstead museum in Lafayette. My little model, Madeeha Aslam, posed and I composited the bird and the grass into the image after the fact.
This image was created during Chelsea’s senior session. It is a composite of many individual images of flying paper. It was taken at sunset.
This image was created during one of my early projects called “Madness – The Five Elements”. My model, Tanya, was balancing above the water and I composited the image. This was taken in natural light. Click the link for the Behind the Scene of this image.
This is another image that was created during my early “Madness – The Five Elements” project. Elizabeth was “Fire” and the image was composited to give the impression that the forest was on fire.
This composite was created during two different shoots. Jen was “Light” for the Five Elements, and I composited her into the rose later.
This is me, with frozen feet. I love to retreat to small areas surrounded by rough elements. I love the idea of a nest, of a safe place. I had my camera on a tripod and shot in natural light.
Motherhood from an Artist’s Stand Point
This is me again. I wanted to express the way I felt being a fine art artist who is also a mother of two. This cloud was made by hand using balloons and paste and pillow stuffing.
The images above are diverse. They fit into a particular vision, a message.
Let your imagination fly, and I will do the rest.
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[…] I need maps, and GPS (mine was useless by then), and arrows. I need tracks. I need the beaten path. But there was no path. I had to make mine. And then I realized the connection to what I am trying to do with my business — how the path I am trying to get on doesn’t really exist. Fine Art portrait artists have their work hanging in galleries. Portrait photographers shoot portraits for clients. I want to create gallery type, artistic portraits for clients, which is something that is really not done, not often at least. There is no trail for this. It brought me back to one of my first blogs. […]