Wednesday, July 27, 2011

black and white Wednesday - green chair

Grace green chair 4
These 5 images were my 'final' for an online class I just finished.
I've taken photography workshops previously but they were
all on location with professional photographers.
And all technical classes.

Grace green chair 1

This was the first one that talked about style.
What makes my style 'me.'
Was I being true to my style?
It required a fair amount of introspection that sometimes
is hard for people.
I liked that part very much.
Grace green chair 5

And discovered some things that were always there
that I wasn't noticing until now.

Grace green chair 2

Like why do I create photographs?
I decided that I want to create something beautiful.
I also want to be challenged.
What makes me happy?
I found out that some of the things that make me feel happy are spending time with my children,
hearing them laugh, seeing them smile and seeing color.
Especially red but any other vibrant one will do.
Grace green chair 6It

It was also the first class that the instructor gave
feedback on the pictures that I took.
I learned that I compose for color, whether intentionally or not.
And that I use natural textures in my images, in a way that isn't 'too much.'
Pretty cool to find out all of this...and it was right there in front of me all the time.
It's always been hard for me to describe my own photography style,
and now I just did. :)

the long road

Check out more black and whites at Lisa's blog, The Long Road to China.

16 kind words:

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

so, I love your "style"! I really and truly do! Your photography makes me happy and leaves me feeling uplifted.

These pictures of Miss Grace are no exception. They are just lovely.


Courtney said...

I love these pictures. Grace is the perfect model for you.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

SIMPLY GORGEOUS!! I love these images of Grace....and yes, your style has always been there, but you have just described it PERFECTLY!!!

That last photo is my FAVORITE!! Love the crop and her peaceful expression.

Hope you are doing well and having a great week!



Terri said...

I agree with LIsa. The last picture is my favorite too! Gorgeous!

I'm still waiting for you to do a workshop one day! =)

the meaklims said...

I adore your style, and that second photo of Grace is stunning, she has such an easy relaxed smile.

The 4th photo is also stunning.


the meaklims said...

Oops, just realized I skipped the first B&W photo! and my numbers are all off! I should have said third and 5th photo! :)

Jboo said...

Very cool! I LOVE your style and just wish I lived a whole lot closer!

Grace is stunning in these photos! Wow -- she looks beautiful in every color and B&W too. Love that bow thingy in her hair and that dress -- lovely!


Debbie said...

Love your "Style". I think more important than the technical stuff, is having an eye for portraying your subjects and you are exceptional at that!

Sharon Ankerich said...

Your style is SO you and we all see it but don't have words to describe. LOVE that your instructor picked up on what makes your photography unique! Grace is gorgeous and both she and Will are the perfect subjects!!! :) LOVE the last photo~ such preciousness!!!
Blessings and love~ XOXO

Ashley Sisk said...

I've always been a fan of your work - your style is so defined (even if you didn't know it)...I love how everything you photograph has this magazine quality to it...doesn't hurt that you have such beautiful models.

Jill Samter Photography said...

you know i have a complete weakness for your photos and well just about any photo of grace! these are gorgeous and I already LOVE your style! glad you now have a name for it and feel so comfortable with it! truly beautiful!

xoxo jill

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

WOW- you must be overflowing with photos at your house. I would frame all of these & have them everywhere. She is just so beautiful & that color just makes her sparkle.

Eva said...

Stunning! Love the color. Love your style. Nice work.

Buckeroomama said...

I love all the photos you take. Your style has class and it has heart. It is the latter which makes your photos extra beautiful. :)

China Dreams said...

It's always neat to discover something about yourself, especially when it was right there all the time.


Marla said...

Gorgeous shots Gail! Sounds like an amazing workshop!

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