I struggled a bit with deciding to crop this image or not, but decided to keep it as shot because I like the leading lines of the blinds. Had I cropped, there wouldn't be as much of a like leading to the dog's face.
I was looking through images from several years ago and noticed that my work has evolved since then. Some of it is that I got better through continuing to practice and some of it is that my taste has changed.
As artists, we continually evolve, growing in skill and in style. We are constantly changing. Should we discount our old work? I toyed with the idea of deleting all the old work that I no longer like. But, I came to the conclusion that it is still of value to me. I spent a lot of time creating it and while it's not my style now and it may not hold up to my current standards, it is still work that I can learn from. I can look back to see how I've grown, to determine what skills have improved, and to determine if I am making similar mistakes now so that I can improve my future work.
I'm sure in, say, five years from now, I'll look at todays work and think the same thing. If I don't, it's time to hang up my camera for good.
Keep growing, my friends.
The first two in my series: stalkers.
Thought it was fun to contrast wild and domesticated/canine and feline stalkers.
The foggy, misty sunrise gives a dreamy, fantasy feel to the image. I wanted to convey the feeling as if you walked off the edge of that dock, you'd be walking on air.
This past weekend I was able to incorporate my two loves into one: conceptual portraits and wolves.
When we started, it was overcast, but not raining. By the time we got to the middle of the session, it was pouring.
The team was great. No one complained about the rain. We worked through the session and quite frankly, the rain added a great element to the story and provided some really beautiful light and intensified the colors. Thank you to the team for being troopers.
If you are interested in meeting one of the wolves and having a photo session to capture that moment, contact me via email or the inquiry form for investment details.
The series: "Embracing the Wild"
Every species on this planet serves a purpose and when the balance is interrupted, we disrupt nature and the cycle of life. We have to preserve our wild places and all the species that inhabit this planet.
And a couple behind the scenes bloopers. As you can see, Kory suffered vicious kisses and head rubs from Cana.