finding a style

Yesterday I wrote about trying to photograph my morning routine. So, this morning I did just that… sort of. This morning started off smooth, I woke up with plenty of time to shower and get ready. I made some breakfast and relaxed for a little bit too long and ended up rushing to get to work. The morning started off sitting across from Joe and not long after I was sitting in 30 minutes of traffic. Something I love about creating compositions is framing the subject in a very straight forward way. As you can see, this portrait is framed by the leading lines of the ceiling, the table, and is framed by the doorway frame. I love that this just what it is. There’s nothing fancy about it - no set up… nothing. I love the simplicity of photographs like this that really push the viewer to look at the subject rather than what is around the subject. It’s not about objects. My style of photography can really go two different ways. At times, I want to distort a subject matter as much as possible - to the point of where it really makes you stop and think about what is you’re looking at. At other times, it’s more about the simplicity, as I wrote about before. On another note - here’s my two photographs from today. Enjoy!

fresh pastaaaaa

Let me start this post with what I look for when photographing food. I love the look of a messy kitchen- the flour, the knifes, utensils, etc. just all over the table. A truly natural look that would be in just about any kitchen when cooking or baking. I don’t believe those shoots where there isn’t a mess with flour or sugar all over the counter top. Now, earlier this week I put a post up about black and white cookies but those weren’t nearly as nice as the ones that you’ll see below. I think the lighting is better and my compositions are stronger. Again, these are not perfect or anywhere near it, but that’s all part of the process. This blog is used to document and continuously work on my photography. 

Here’s a story of our first time making pasta - enjoy!

embrace the moment to observe

With the winter weather upon us, I’ve been searching for daylight in the mornings so I can go out and shoot. It starts to get dark around 4:30, and while I get out of work around 5 - that doesn’t leave me much light to shoot. So, I’ve embraced the beauty of mixed lighting. I love when the night begins to set in and store lights bring a sort of magic to us. Below are places that I’ve driven or walked by too many times to count. I think a lot of the inspiration of mixed lighting scenes come from the stillness of each composition. Something to the effect of - it does not matter that the sky is dark and the moon is out because these businesses and these people have to keep going. It feels like a privilege to be able to walk by and see people drinking, laughing, and enjoying a candle lit dinner… to be given a moment to observe.

"Big Magic"

I just wrote a few really great paragraphs about creativity and how to find time for creativity or waiting for creativity to find you and suddenly... the webpage had an "error" and reloaded but didn't save ANYTHING I wrote. 

SO. Here we go again. Don't expect this to be real intricate or anything because I'm pretty frustrated right now. 

I'm currently reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and it's really about making time for your creativity. You can't constantly have an excuse to not have time to do your work - whether that may be writing, photographing, painting, drawing, etc. You have to do it every day in order for something to come from it. You can't not do anything and expect things to come to you naturally.

It's more of a self-help book but I really don't feel that way about it. I see it more as something that every artist goes through, probably about 90% of the time, and finally it's in writing. The lack of creativity that I have sometimes is NORMAL. It's ridiculously frustrating, but it's normal. 

So in order to try to beat that from ever happening again (or at least less), this is why I started this blog. Yes, it's definitely a typical New Year's resolution but THAT'S OKAY. Sometimes I need legitimate time to start in order for me to stay on track. I've never truly been one to keep at doing something. I usually stay on track for about a week or so and then slowly drift away from it and never look at it again. Oops. 

Moral of this post - read Big Magic and find your creativity and make the time to stay creative and even though sometimes it may not be there you just have to do something and eventually it'll come back.

2016

 

As the first day of 2016 is coming to an end, I'm finally sitting down to think about 2015 and what 2016 has in store for me. 2015 led to - my photography expanded, my boyfriend and I moved in together, I was inspired and tried new things in my work, I showed my work in a photography exhibition, and I ended the year selling my artwork among tons of talented artists and vendors at the SoWa Chrismukkah Market. I did things I never thought I would ever do - and that alone is enough encouragement to do even more in 2016.

Last May, I started this blog with the intentions to photograph and write everyday. As you can see, that didn't last long. I've never been one to commit myself to sitting down and doing something everyday. So, I'm starting the year off with this blog. Starting today, I'm going to photograph every day and write a blog post. As of right now, I'm hoping I can stick to this. I don't want to say there may be some days where I don't have the time because that will give me an excuse to not do this. 

I went out today and bought a new mirror less camera - a Fujifilm X-T10. It's a beauty and I cannot wait to become more accustomed to it. I did shoot with it and tested it out in different lighting situations, but I'll post those tomorrow. I look forward to what this blog will bring for me. I hope to grow as a photographer, a writer, and an artist. I hope to have the courage to apply to different exhibitions and vendor shows. I hope I will continue to be inspired every day by the little things.

Happy New Year!

Xo,
Candace