If you are like me you are always trying to get better photographs. Whether it be family photos or references for paintings I always want my photos to look professional. I spent my younger years around my Dad who is a professional photographer. He was always trying to tell me about taking pictures but as with most kids I wasn't very interested in listening. I never got past the line "The camera is like an eye" before it all glazed over and sounded like the teacher from Charlie Brown. Now in my adult years I wish I had listened.
I was very excited when I saw a segment on The Nate Berkus show. He has a photographer Me Ra Koh that has been on a few times and she has terrific information. As I was listening to her tips I realized that these ideas easily can be used in our art and compositions. Here are her tips:
1. Look for defining moments.
Her example on the show was instead of having a staged or studio photo, try to find those little moments that you want to remember.
|photo by Annie Ciotola an amazing photographer|
2. Capture moments of tension or emotion
3. Take photos of memorable settings
I love this photo of my oldest son. Most afternoons you can find us in our dining room counting rainbows. I call this our Pollyanna moments. These rainbows are cast from the chandelier my husband and I scoured the Czech Republic to find. This was the only chandelier we agreed on and it has hung in each house that we have lived in. I just love that this chandelier is now the high-light of my boys day and will be a memory they will remember their whole lives.
After reflecting on these tips that I will be implementing into my family photos I realized this is what I also strive to create in my art. After an art critique where the juror said to me your painting is too literal, I embraced that critique and translated it to mean that I needed to have emotion and a story with each of my paintings. I think that added element really shows through and definitely connects me to each painting and hopefully everyone else.
Here are some examples of my paintings that I've had a great connection with.
|A black and white watercolor, "Smitty", of my Grandfather. This to me is the epitome of him, he was an auto body guy. I remember that jacket and those pants, even though I was 6 when he passed away.|
|Black white watercolor, "A Mother's Love", that I painted from a photo that my husband took. I just love the expression on my son's face, that look of innocence just melts my heart. Just reminds me that he is a gift to me.|