Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

September 13, 2013  •  2 Comments

 

Most of you know that I love lighthouses, and I love to photograph them. I just took a Figure/Fashion Photography class. I thought it would help me be more creative in my portrait photography, especially with seniors. I never dreamed where it would take me. About two or three weeks into the class I thought it was going to be the death of me.  It was most definitely the hardest class I have faced in my career. It was also one of the best classes for me. Why, you ask? I am a good portrait and wedding photographer. I am great with lighting my subjects to highlight their faces and expressions, and capturing emotions and images that tell their stories. I have rarely had to create the story or concept I was photographing. I also have never been into photographing fashion. I didn’t know how to make the images about the clothing and not the model. For the first three weeks of class I kept hearing, “they look like portraits,” from the professor. I kept thinking, "DUH, I'M A PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER!"

By the third week of class I was ready to throw in the towel, but my professor kept encouraging me and talking me through ideas. Then I ran into problems with models. At the end of week four I still didn’t believe I was going to be successful in this class or with the final project. Finally the beginning of week five I was able to do the shoot I wanted and needed for my project. It pushed me so far out of my comfort zone.

So to bring you into this fantasy that I was trying to create, let me describe the project. Using tulle of multiple colors, create couture fashion that looked like lighthouses. I challenge each of you to come up with a concept totally beyond normal and try to create a piece of art that shows your concept. Just as my professor encouraged me, think of things that you are really interested in or love (like I love lighthouses and playing with light.) Then think of a new and different way to illustrate it. I did it through fashion, you may want to do it using a different concept.

Here’s some of my lighthouses. Which say couture lighthouse fashion to you the most?

. Lighthouse Fashion- Breakwater Lights

Breakwater Lights

Lighthouse with Daymarker Stripe

Lighthouse with Day-marker Stripe

Lighthouse Fashion-Dual Beamed LightDual Beamed LightDual Beamed Light

Dual Beamed Light

Lighthouse Fashion- Inside the Lantern RoomInside the Lantern RoomInside the Lantern Room

Inside the Lantern Room

A big THANK YOU to Stephanie, my model. I hope to continue more of this project throughout the coming year.

 


Comments

JP(non-registered)
Doris, the concept was very good. The color and contrast matched the imagery to be projected. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a lesson learned for all. Great job!! Continue to impress and awe.
Joy(non-registered)
Wow! Very interesting concept and truly beautiful images!
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