I have been blessed to become a part of a great online group of women professional photographers that have been such a wonderful source of support and sharing over the years that I have been in business. Every one of them is so very talented and so unique, and I honestly doubt that I would still be in this business if it weren’t for them. One thing that we often discuss is that running a business focused on family & child photography can sometimes make our creativity feel stale. For example, many parents want classic newborn poses for their child – new to them, but repetitive for us. We want to make sure we stay fresh and inspired so that each session is great!
We have gotten together and decided to inspire one another by challenging ourselves to think outside of our normal style of “client photography”. Each month we will decide upon a theme and interpret that theme using our cameras. No rules, and anything goes – thinking inside OR outside the box is fine! Our goal is to jump start our creativity and look for new ways to tell a story or interpret an idea through our images.
This month’s theme is “reflection”. I already had the perfect photo. This summer, my friend Steve requested that I try to get an image of him wakeboarding similar to one he had seen in a magazine. It took me some time to decide what I needed to do to get it. We had to find a spot that I could shoot from (NOT from the boat) where the sun would be bright enough to light him up and cause a strong reflection. The water had to be perfectly smooth, which meant as soon as the sun was high enough in the sky and before there was much traffic on the lake. The boat driver had to be able to pull him close to me, and he had to be in the perfect position. It took a few days to get the weather right, and a few tries to get him and me lined up correctly…but it came together in the end!
We have set this up so that you can visit each photographers blog to check out how they saw “reflection” and then click through to the next one at the end of their post – fun! To get started, to go to Indianapolis photographer Leah Profancik’s blog