One typical trap a photographer can fall into is being to comfortable. Settling in a comfort zone kills creativity. Even though we as artist create our own style, we must continue to re-event our self while at the same time staying true to who we are. There has to be at least one defining element that sets us apart from the rest.
I am NOT a Photoshop artist I am a photographer so you will not see images that are unreal looking. I do use Photoshop and Lightroom to punch up the basic image profile but I will never give someone plastic looking skin or these crazy crystal looking eyes. The little difference I am talking about could be just adding or subtracting a simple element from the shoot.
Last year I invested in a 85 1.2 prime lens. Prime lens basically means it is not a zoom lens. You wanna zoom you just move closer or you wanna zoom out you step backwards. Actually, there is more work involved in composing the image. This was quite an investment to keep in a bag because I was comfortable with what I knew. Up until Friday I always shot with a 24-70 2.8. This allowed me sit, in my comfort zone, and never move. So Friday I put on my 85 and was determined, in the words of Tim Gunn, to make it work. I only had like 1 hour so there was no time to be switching lens and making changes. That was the simple difference I decided to make this day.
Friday – I meet Dianna down the road a piece for a late afternoon shoot. It was totally overcast sky so I mounted one speed light just for a little kick as rim light. Armed with Canon 5d mk 1, yes that old technology, and my new 85 1.2 we got started. I quickly realized how much I loved Dianna’s simple beauty. It was just natural and innocent. She rocked this cowgirl look just as if she was raised on a ranch. It was so much fun. Here are few shots from the session.
Saturday – we took a trip to Galveston and hung out around the warehouse area were we found nice rugged spot for that vintage look. Dianna look so classy and chic in her spring spec dress. I thought it fit the location perfectly.
We finished the day on the beach. I mean you cant go to Galveston and not go on the beach. We had a lot of fun and shot until there was not more light.