standing naked…before & afters

in life, at some point you begin to realize that there is a process.

sometimes you get things right - like magic - right out of the bag, no adjustments, or maybe just minor tweaks needed. 

other times, you get the concept, and the big picture, but in order for it to be a winner, and to have all the right qualities to make it work the way it should, you need to put more work into it - more art into it - more time into it.

the same is true with photography.

as a photographer, the more you learn, the more you grow, and the tricks (for lack of a better word) that you learn, help you develop and stand on your own as an artist more and more. 

for instance, i used to say to people that if i let you see one of my images straight out of the camera, no editing involved, it would be like standing in front of you naked.


but again, just as with life, not only can i now show you my images socc (straight out of the camera), and allow you to see how i can nail something straight on WITHOUT much retouching, but  i can also show you how i am able to envision a concept, an ending picture, and shoot from the beginning in order to have the end result that i am able to obtain.  

does that make any kind of sense?

as you grow…in life…and as an artist, you are able to release fears in staying perfect, or in my illustration, staying fully clothed.  

you are able to show the imperfections because the imperfections are not always mistakes…are not always flaws…but a lot of the times, are just the process of obtaining the beautiful image and the masterful end result that you had envisioned from the very beginning. 

and what does this mean for YOU, this mid monday morning as i sit here blogging away, after a week of fighting illness and fatigue.  the monday before my baby sister gets married…the week i get to see family that i have missed for too long…the week that i'm sure will hold moments of wonderful memories, but crabbiness :), nerves, and still life, appointments, deadlines, and shoots as normal?

it means to remain focused.

to hold on to the foundation of what you know.  to keep growing.

to keep your eye on the vision and the dream you have before you.

to know that the bumps in the road, that if you remain focused, are tweaks and adjustments that will make your final goal even more beautiful than you could have imagined.

it means to go ahead and get comfortable naked.  that your clothes only hide what you think that they hide, and that there is freedom in showing your flaws, and beauty in revealing the steps of a process.

and before and afters?  they don't show the imperfections of an image, they now show the depth of my craft.

and now i love sharing the big picture.

enjoy ashley & cory's entire pregnancy photoshoot here...

Romans 8:28-29 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.