Revisiting the Old, and Growth.

When spring finally pops it is going to be stunning in the Valley.  In the past I book myself silly with so many personal projects and shoots that I don't have alot of time for my own growth.  This year is a little different and I stumbled upon a photog who's work I really enjoy.  I was skimming through his work, and was left wondering how he created his signature looks.  They are so cinematic, and moody.  I happened to find his tutorial on his site... (YEA) and so I downloaded it and soaked up everything like a sponge.  There's so many ways to create in photoshop, and I really like that about the tool but sometimes you can over do an image.  What I appreciated in his editing and shooting was the simplicity of his work flow (check out TJ Drysdale) and how few layers he used to create his work.  As soon as the course was over I was invigorated to try some of his techniques and I went back to some images I created in 2015 (what is old is new again).  Luna and I had been out for a nudes in nature session and this was one of the images I had not really been inspired to work with any further... until now.  Unfortunately, Facebook's policy around nudity is limiting the reach on this creation, but I hope you enjoy it anyhow.  I have a quick run down on what I did below as well if you are interested.

Collaborate, Collaborate, Collaborate

There is so much you can learn when you invite talent along to a shoot, as in another photographer or more.  Creatives crave the process and sometimes it is easier when you are alone, just you and your model... but sometimes, adding that other photographer allows you to create magic, and learn something new along the way. I spent a morning with a fellow photographer who wanted to test out his new strobe so we headed out in search of a great location to shoot.  My original intention was to shoot 'stock' model shots that would allow me to create a few different stories however I got caught up with our location and excitement over the costume.     When I got home I thought it was just magical, so that is what I created.  I hope you enjoy.  Please check out Kosmic Kitty www.kosmickitty.net or on IG @Kosmic.Kitty

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Happy Happy

There are moments in any relationship when you feel happy with who you are with, that you are understood, heard, supported and they just 'get you'.   My friend Nicole is like that.  She lives across the country and we met so many years ago, when she rented a space from me.  We clicked.  I can pick up a phone and call her and I know that it will be just like we chatted last week not last year or longer.  I consider her a best friend... a relationship that I cherish, and even though we don't hang out as much anymore..3000 miles makes it a bit tough, I know when we do get the chance it is easy.  Those are relationships that we all need in our life, to help us through our tough times, and our good times.  If you are blessed to have one, hold onto it, celebrate it, and enjoy it.

 

Have a blissed week.