I was digging around through my archives today and came across this older personal project I shot awhile back. I titled this project “The Experiment”. I was trapped at home with WAY too many children around and was slowly losing my patience and calm. Then the idea hit me….do something to interact with the kids and keep my cool. What could I do? Feed them sour candy of course. Some of the kids were scared, others overly enthusiastic (including one child that stuffed his mouth full of sour candy), and some just skeptical of the whole thing. Thankfully some of their parents joined in on the fun as well.
This is just one of many images from The Experiment.
I’ve been trying to figure out if this is work that I should include in my portfolio again. What do you guys think?
In the past 9 months I have been working really hard on making a lot of little changes, both personally and professionally. The changes in my personal life include the battle on quitting smoking after well over a decade of cigarettes, drastic changes in my diet and eating habits, and learning to “enjoy” some seriously hard exercise. On the professional side,I re-skinned the entire site design for my work, changed the format and exposure of the blog, created a Tumblr account as a visual journal/diary of sorts, and have been way more active in the world of social media.
I have started to flesh out some more personal work to add a little bit more of a diverse look and feel to my portfolio….and to challenge myself visually and creatively. The first of these projects has been on the site for about two months now. Not knowing how I wanted to display this project, since it is part one of four, I have placed it for now in the Personal Work section of the site. I call the project “That Run Almost Killed Me”. Thanks to my girlfriend, Jennifer, I have started to actually do real world exercise and workouts. She actually inspired this project because of her lifestyle….running, workouts, gym visits, etc. Of course this project has some twists, both visual and conceptually.
When I first came up with the idea, I knew that I was going to release the images and the accompanying videos in a sequence. I felt it was a necessary thing to do to keep the story interesting enough to encourage people to come back and see where the story went next.
This whole project couldn’t have been done with out the help of some amazing people. My grilfriend, Jennifer, for putting up with me barking at her when she ran through the sequence differently than i wanted or running the same scene over and over again to the point it actually became her workout for the day. Brandon Dougherty of Rottenworld Makeup for his amazing effects work. Steve DeMent helped set up lighting and did some second shooting of still while I was directing the video sequences. Brad Leese functioned as grip on the shoot as well as helping to promote and push this project to the different social media outlets. Brad also runs Austin Media Slingers which provides social media management, consulting, SEO and much more. My close friend, Stephen Hooker, was my 1st Assistant Camera. Without his knowledge and help, this video would never have happened.
You can view the rest of the stills in the Personal Work portfolio on the site.
This past weekend the girlfriend and I “scheduled” a shoot with each other. We have done a couple other random shoots in the past couple months but never with an idea or concept in mind. I knew that she has always liked the idea of doing a shoot involving smeared lipstick….so that is what we did.
I wanted to make these images look and feel a little different than most of my other “studio” work, so I switched things up a little and ran with the black seamless. I also knew that I wanted the light to really accentuate her facial structure, collar bones and catch the detail in the scarification on her shoulder. That being said, I ran a really simple light set-up that I knew would do just that and provide enough separation so she wouldn’t just fade in to black.
Any guesses on what lighting set-up I decided to go with?
Here are my 4 favorite images from this shoot that I have processed so far. The last image in this set is very different than my usual overly controlled style. I hope you enjoy the images!