12 Month Photo Challenge - Month One

The year begins and so do my Challenges! This year I am going above and beyond last years weekly challenges and creating big productions every month. My ideas are so big they need a whole month to prepare and execute. This month's theme came to me in a dream. I was a bird sitting in a nest preparing for flight. Completely terrified by the idea of jumping out into the open sky and trusting that my wings instinctively knew how to keep me afloat. But I conjured up the courage and made the leap and that is when I woke up. I can only imagine what the outcome of my decision was. If I do happen to plunge to the ground I know I will fall with grace!

 

This year it is less about the actual photographic challenge and more about the challenge of putting together a big production and coordinating team of people. I was worried that it would be difficult to portray my vision to my team but once I got to talking about it I was confident that everyone could see it clearly. Bird Mc Cargar, a very talented costume designer, had once told me that she wanted me to model her bird costume for her. Remembering this I asked if she would be open to me photographing my model in it instead. Bird helped out with a lot of the initial brainstorming as we went location scouting in the East Bay hills. I wanted to see a bird in a fantasy like place with feathers floating in the air like fairies. The location I chose was a beautiful rocky creekside with green moss creeping up all around and the perfect amount of sun light peeking through the trees! When I saw it my heart stopped! 

 

On the day of the shoot my amazing hair stylist (and best friend) Michelle created a master piece atop Stephanie's head while she finished the last touches of her make up. Meanwhile I had the help of Sari and Isabella to build a life sized birds nest. We collected sticks and twigs and went to work. The most challenging part of the day was figuring out the feathers. Isabella was on feather duty and after trying to fan them into frame then decided to climb up to the top of the rock to drop them down from above. We had planned on using fog with dry ice as well but that was an epic fail. Dry ice did not put out nearly as much fog as I thought it would so we scraped it all together. I have an actual fog machine on the way so I can use that effect in the future. Stu was there to capture it on film so we can begin to document the year and its challenges. Click on the link below to see the video fro the shoot!

 

Birds Nest

 

At first I pushed for the image to hold some kind of meaning and emotion. But after some thought I realized that is not really my style. I am a dreamer and I want other people to just have the freedom to dream without imposing any feelings or opinions. I just want to create beautiful things and that is what we did!

 

My biggest challenge for the future is to clearly communicate expectations. A couple things went unnoticed this time around which is a great lesson to learn. It takes more then just a good idea to make it happen. It takes a lot of coordination and communication between everyone involved and this experience was a great start!

 
 

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week Fifty-Two!

My very LAST Challenge. I can't believe it! This has been a very long and interesting year of self exploration and motivation through photography. I have learned so much these past 52 weeks. Each week something completely new and unexpected happened. I now have a really amazing portfolio of creative an inspiring images and have a new appreciation for photography as an art form. I am feeling more ready then ever before to go out into the world and show off my stuff! It has taken me a long time to get here but it was worth every step.
 
I am currently running an Indie Gogo campaign to raise some money for the next year of challenges. The 12 month photo challenge will be another year of amazing projects that are bigger and better then these ones. I have a team of people ready to create magic! Here is the link to my campaign. Please donate if you can. And share the link with all your friends!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/12-month-photo-challenge/x/9428585#home

 
Week Fifty Two - Self Portrait!
 
For this challenge I wanted to see myself between the legs of a beautiful women. Wow that sounds dirty! I love legs and I get to photograph them a lot! So in reality there is no place I would rather be then right here shooting through this gorgeous pair of legs.

Click on the photo below to see even more photos from my last challenge.

 
Next Challenge - 12 Month Photo Challenge 
 
 

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week Fifty-One!

For this Challenge my very good friend Roxi and I will be collaborating on the project together. This photograph is in the process of becoming a part of a painting. Soon you will see colors mixed in to her hair and all around her with watercolors and acrylic paints! The photo you see here is only the beginning of something even more amazing! 
 
Week Fifty One - Mixed Media!
 
For this challenge I wanted to have my model in an epic hair flip. My friend Anastasia has the longest most beautiful hair I know but this photo is a little deceiving. I actually took hair from a couple of different photos from this shoot and put them into one to make it look like her hair is literally weightless and floating around her. Photo shop magic! The choice to go nude was to eliminate distraction. I feel like clothing can be a statement and in this shoot it was all about the hair!!!

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Next week's challenge - Self Portrait!
 
 

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week Fifty!

This is a completely unfamiliar realm of light to work with for a photographer. UV light brings out a very different quality in your images. The colors glow and demand attention. 
 
Week Fifty - Black Light!
 
For this challenge I wanted to create an image that was out of this world. I wanted to use paint and brightly colored wigs and tutus but after a little experimentation discovered that just the paint on its own was powerful enough. We started out painting slowly and photographing each new layer of paint. We also added a little bit of warm  light to bring her to life and provide dimension. The end result was my favorite. She is positively out of this world!. 

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Next week's challenge - Mixed Media!
 
 

52 Week Photo Challenge - Week Forty-Nine!

I thought I would continue on this texture kick I have been on in my last couple of challenges and take in to the shoot. Instead of adding a texture in the editing room I wanted to shoot thru a textured surface. Here it goes!
 
Week Forty-Nine - Shoot Thru a Textured Surface!
 
This challenge was really fun. I found a piece of plastic that you use to cover a fluorescent light fixture and thought it would be perfect for this challenge. The tricky part was lighting. The texture picked up a lot of light so most of the lighting had to come from behind the surface. My model basically had to press herself against the plastic to get any kind of clear image but it makes for a dramatic image!

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Next week's challenge - Black Light!
 
 
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