So I was browsing the web for more creative solutions to shooting a bridal bouquet and not a whole lot of variation came along. So I decided to make some of my own attempts at shooting bridal bouquets more uniquely to help anyone else out there in need of some inspiration. Here’s what came to mind:
1. Think in terms of natural gripping of the bouquet–does she hold her flowers upright? Down to the side? Pass them off to the groom?–pose the bride accordingly.
2. Expand your composition repertoire, take your perspective for a little jaunt around the frame and put that bouquet in a unique location.
3. Think Old School, sometimes those beauty queens had the right idea for comfort and stability.
4. Think way outside the box, if the bride is willing to part with her bouquet.
5. Try letting the bride hold her bouquet naturally, if it looks great, roll with it.
And one more in this vein because I just love how this bride is holding her bouquet…
OK, I hope you found at least on bit of inspiration here. Happy shooting!
The alarm goes off. The day begins. I dive into the everyday hustle and bustle of life. What I haven’t yet accomplished is the necessary and disciplined practice of what Julia Cameron calls Morning Pages (a.k.a. Junk Purge). In her books, The Artist’s Way, The Vein of Gold, Finding Water, and more, Cameron writes about the first step toward creative freedom, Morning Pages.
Taking the time to sit down and pen (yes, she encourages hand writing versus typing) your random thoughts and to-do lists to purge the very thoughts that hinder, or at least cloud the creative process. Morning Pages are to be written every morning. Every day. For me, this takes remarkable discipline. But I’m starting and each day I write will be a victory and will aid my creative process.
It is my hope that you find encouragement to start your Morning Pages and expand your creativity.
I’ve been having those creative catches lately. (The kind like you get in your gut that prevent you from taking a deep breath and leave you in a panic.) Catches that prevent me from being fully creative–or, worse, getting down on myself for that which I am creating.
The trouble is that I can get bogged down by all of the rules and regulations of art that tell me how something is supposed to be done, all the while denying my truest sense of self. And, I believe, art has to come from a deep sense of self or it’s just mimicking someone else’s art.
Then the other day, preparing for Christmas dinner, my mom goes to put something away and can’t figure out a way to wedge it into my tiny cupboard. It was too complicated. I realized then that if she just were to think outside the box, she’d be free of the notion that the item had to be stacked perfectly or fit perfectly somehow in that space. Little did she know that I’d given up on that level of perfectionism years ago, which freed my time and energy and got things done a lot quicker (I walked over, crammed the item in the cupboard and it was put away). But the dilemma was the same as with my art: Following a notion about how to perfectly do this or that actively prevents me (us) from getting things done. Back to art…
With art, it’s complicated. With photography, even more so. Bogged down by a world of digital media to make creativity happen at the tap of a finger, it’ no wonder artists, including myself, are feeling the pressure to keep up with the trends of today and veer from our own creative paths. My creative path is unique to my vision, mindset and perspective. As is yours.
For now, I leave you with CREATE YOU. You don’t fit into a box any more than I don’t fit into a box. So, what is it you want to create today? Go do it!