Behind The Scenes: Finding Creative Vision - Part 2
In the last "Behind The Scenes" post (Finding Creative Vision - Part 1) I discussed a few ways that I find vision for storytelling with wedding and engagement photography.
Since this is a "Behind The Scenes" post I want to share a couple clear examples of what I mean by finding vision in the ordinary moments.
This first example is from a wedding I shot last year at the Community Life Center located in Indianapolis. My assistant photographer and I were wrapping up some detail shots of the reception and as we were near the guest tables I noticed the candles and glasses on the table. More importantly I saw how the flame danced behind the glass.
The "What if..." thoughts began filling my mind as I held the glass in front of candles and closely examined how the shards refracted the light from candles. At this point I think people began watching me, whispering about how crazy this wedding photographer is, but that is OK, because there is probably some truth to that. :)
Here are the images side by side. Notice the placement of all of the elements.
Here is one more ring example from a wedding at the end of the year. Using some small "crystals" from a guest table, a mirror, and Christmas lights in the next room I crafted another vision.
The most important part
Obviously there is a difference in technology, but the point is an extraordinary world awaits for those who are looking for it. You can learn this and begin practicing it too. A large part of vision is creatively dreaming through the question "what if?" or "what could be". When I started this wedding photography business in Indianapolis I made promise to never stop dreaming. I always want to think bigger, to push the envelop, and most importantly: to have plenty of fun while doing it!
Here is a list of questions I often go through to help the creative juices to flow:
- Starting point: What if...? What could be?
- How can I create something unique that reflects the person and character of this couple and creatively tells their story?
- How do I go from point "A" to "B"?
- What elements are needed to make this happen?
- Is there anything currently available to me that I can use to my advantage? (Light and weather conditions, location, etc)
- Are there any obstacles in my way from making this a reality?
- What tools do I have to accomplish this?
- Can I try something new?
- Is there anything I am not thinking of?
I believe that this idea of creative vision not only applies in the artistic world, but in everyday life. For example, I want to have the vision to enjoy all of the small mundane moments with my wife and son just as much as the big ones. Can you and I have vision to enjoy and treasure each day by viewing these moment as a special gift that God has given to us? What would happen if we could begin to see the world through new eyes instead of trying to survive a routine?