Photography is really exciting because you never know what the final images are going to look like. You have to put yourself in the process and collaborate with the person you’re shooting with. Oftentimes it’s a matter of experimentation and play, without fully understanding why we make the creative choices that we do in a given moment. But I’ve learned to trust the process and let my intuition guide me. After each shoot, I tell myself that if I have just 10 good photos, I’ll be satisfied. During the selection and editing process, I sometimes chance upon gems that were created without my full awareness at the time of shooting. The editing process brings out a deeper understanding of why I made certain decisions and that knowledge allows me to refine my work as I build on each previous shoot. It’s fascinating to discover this amorphous notion of my personal creativity becoming more defined and concrete with each shoot. It makes me think that creativity is half conscious and half subconscious and that the magic of discovery lies on the latter half. As you can tell from this chunk of text, I’ve been ruminating on the notion of creativity and how it applies to my work. I want to write more about my understanding of creativity to guide my work even more.
For this shoot, I got a chestnut faux suede fabric as my backdrop. I'd been thinking about shooting on other backgrounds other than seamless paper. I love how suede can look so imperfect depending on how you touch and manage it. My hope is that the suede fabric slowly disintegrates and makes for an even more interesting background.
Model: Anastasia Kleffert
HMU: Anastasia Kleffert
Outfits: Free People, ZARA
One sweltering day in July.
Wardrobe: Outdoor Voices & Adidas
@ Egg Studios
I always wondered if the studio's pocket wizard attached to my film camera's hotshoe would trigger the studio flash. I was surprised to find that it did! Unfortunately my shutter speed was too fast and it caused about half of each image to be underexposed. Still, it's not a bad effect and most of Kseniya's face was still visible and in focus. Lesson learnt for next time!