Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday Sparks - An extreme version of you

I've been very inspired lately by fantasy photos. Dressing up, or making up (or both!) to create a fun or sexy or intriquing or scary or weird or exciting photo. I especially love the photo above - since mainly I bought a pink glittery bunny mask at halloween and need someone to put it on. lol. (oh Amberrrrr!)

I would love to see portraits, seniors especially, move in the direction of something more like fashion photography, with a focus on what is important to that person at that moment in their life.

Forest fairy

What if she:
Lived on the beach?
Was going off to college at USC?
Was a diving instructor?
Her favorite movie was little mermaid?

What if she:
Loved winter?
Has blue eyes like her mother, and her mother, and her mother?
Dreams of hitting the slopes every weekend?
Is called the "ice princess"?

What if she:
Has had purple hair since 7th grade?
Just got a new tattoo?
Has a costume party every halloween?
Danced hip hop most of her life?


What if she:
Loved birds?
Was a club kid?
Never wore makeup before?
Was embarassed by the gap in her front teeth?

My Pinup - Radio on the beach

What if she:
Thinks she should have been born in 1942?
Thinks that pin up girls are not beautiful unless they have a booty?
Has a love in her life that has a pin up girl on his shoulder?
Goes to the beach every single weekend?

What if she:
Is going to be an art major?
Looks just like her Great Aunt Mary?
Drinks grape juice twice a day?
Dreams of winter?


What if she:
Raises peacocks?
Favorite place in the world is the zoo?
Marches in Mardi Gras every year?
Is unbearably shy?

What if she:
Were an artist?
Doesn't feel right unless she's wearing red?
Wishes she could paint?
Never felt beautiful?


What if she?
Was moving to Vegas to be a show girl?
Was a mime on weekends?
Is a theatrical major?
Always wears pink?

I hope you see where I'm going with this. I would like to think that a senior portrait could be a little deeper than just sitting next to their basketball because they played starter for 3 years. Oh, those are there, they are done, but they don't really delve deeply in to their personality. That's what I'd like to see happen with portraits. Make the more personal than just a basketball.

I have a feeling I might be asking too much. On the other hand, I have a feeling my hardest sell, will ALWAYS be mom. And her rattan chair from mom's 1983 senior pics.

Well, a girl can dream right?


Jessie K said...

I love that idea! I'd like to see it, too, and now you're making me wish I could do my senior portraits over again!

the Goodwife said...

You are so right. Pictures should reflect who you are in that moment. Photographers who can see and feel that are the great ones. Anybody can set somebody up in a perfectly fake little pose and get a good picture....

Kelly L said...

Funny - I graduated high school in 1983 and I am standing next to a rattan..

Love to you
I've Become My Mother

Mz-Cellaneous said...

I still love you Kelly! lol

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