I wrote and took pictures for this blog on a consistent basis for a good while.
And then I set my blog to private for almost 2 months.
I had rational reasons for doing so. I wanted to focus on other endeavors without feeling like I was not keeping up with an artistic commitment I made (to myself). Primarily, I have been focusing on modeling for other photographers. Even though I have had a lot of input with photographers when I model, I question how much of the image is my creation versus the person taking the picture. I needed time to think about how much of other photographer’s work I wanted to share on a blog that ostensibly was to focus on my photography, however pedestrian and technically deficient it may be.
By collaborating with other photographers of greater technical ability, I feel like I was able to capture the scene I had in mind. Self-portraiture can be extremely time-consuming. It is also somewhat limiting artistically. The benefit of self-portraiture is that you get the choice on how to frame the picture. Additionally, you can take pictures over and over and over until you get your expression and pose correct to tell the story you had in mind. Many photographers, both professional and good hobbyists, are not assertive enough (while being polite) to give that level of direction. But, when you do self-portrait work, you limit your vision to what YOU see and miss out on other possibilities.
I had a number of themes in mind. The samples I provide here run from the cute to a spooky, quaint aesthetic.
This is a sample of a shoot I did in the room formerly called my formal dining room. It is now called the ROOM of DOOM. I’m working on making the room a warm, scary environment to terrify the steadiest heart. I got the dolly from Creepy Cristie Cristet, a creepy doll artist. http://www.creepy-dolls.com I bought the doll because I think she looks like me. Except I am not missing an eye.
I did extensive research on the Japanese Lolita style of clothing. I focused on the Country Lolita, as I had wardrobe for that look.
Last, I flew out to LA to visit my cousin and have the chance to shoot with Miss Missy. She does the whole deal: hair, makeup, posing advice, photography, and editing. I highly recommend her if you are into any sort of pin-up look.