Driveway Clown Photo Shoot

“At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day. Simone Biles”

You know those days when your makeup just doesn’t look right, or you can’t master the technique like you have sense..forever?

I had one of those days, my sister and I, when we were gearing up for a photo shoot, and our makeup was being awful; smearing included! I didn’t really have a theme for the photos, but a wise photographer once said, “Take a photo everyday and you will become a better photographer.”

Insparation can come in a thousand forms, (if we just have our eyes open enough!) and when I looked at my sister’s makeup from a different angle, insparation was born! I just messed with her speared face a little bit more, and the inspired idea was formed—a clown photo shoot! For some of the backdrop, sense I don’t have a good program for backgrounds yet, I decided to use the only semi-truck trailer our landlords have on the property. You have to improvise and make do with what you have, right?

We spent a full hour/half hour in the wind and cold, and these are the results! Some of the photos were taken or posed one way, but you can turn them differently, so I’ll show you those. I’ll also show you the behind the scenes of the photos and how you can do them yourself without any elaborate or expensive materials…

I haven’t airbrushed this photo because, one, her face is perfect!! and two, I like how the ‘rough’ face adds more texture to the photo. I also used blends of powders to stick to the face in different texture or color. The nose is also improvised, it’s red lipstick. I did go for the more “messy” face look; but that was the feel I wanted. (This is actually a close-up of the cover photo.)
I’m not into all that “creepy clown” stuff, but I suppose that is how some of these photos may have tuned out. 🙊
If you want to get an angle in the photo, you can pose on the side of something, and turn your camera on a side angle. It gives the photo another feel and dimension.

Now, I know that not every photographer will be comfortable with zooming in on your modeler’s face, so you could use a longer lense, but then it is just too much switching lenses (for me), because you are not going to be able to get a farther-away capture with you longer lense unless you switch. But the disitions yours! Just remeber, capturing the same photo from different angles can make several different photos without much work!

These could look like two different photos when not placed side-by-side, but they’re actually the same photo, just, again, from different angles and zoom. It is actually quite fun seeing how many shots you can get with one pose; and it improves your technique and experience!

This may look like a nice breezy photo from the ‘outside’, but actually…she’s standing on a chair. See what goes on “behind the lense”?

Have the person you are shooting (🙊) move around more. This makes more shots, and helps find that perfect one you are wishing for.

Being angled in the wind provides its own blower.
Oh mr. sun!
Don’t worry about the background sometimes, as you can always edit it with a program, such as PaintShop Pro. (For a how-to-use, here’s a very helpful link: learn.corel.com

If you are not having fun, or are bored with your photos, try and look at things (and life!) from another angle. Insparation comes, and is there, at all times. We just have to learn to look for it. 😉

White-Sun Photo-shoot

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
-John 8:12

There is an hour called, “Photographer’s Hour”

It is when the sun is setting, all golden and bright and the sky is an array of fiery colors. If you read my other blog “Momentary Joy”, you no doubt viewed my pictures form that hour.

Normally, whenever you see sunlight in a photo, it is either added manually, or was taken during the golden hour. However, I wanted to test out the sun when it was shining white, and high in the sky.

I have to say the color is not the best and the sun is harder to capture and look good, though I did thoroughly enjoy it, and the pictures (that don’t have a filter) have a nice soft glow to them from the light at the afternoon hour. Remember, I took all these on my property, so it it not hard to do—just grab ahold of your camera, a modeler, and shoot that sun! You yourself will discover which is your best hour to photograph the light.

The wind has been blowing furiously the past couple days, so there was no need for a blower to add dramatic effect to the hair! When it is windy out, I also love to dash our with a camera! 😀
I have been using my camera at an upside down angle more and more often now, instead of trying to shoot the whole picture straight. In my opinion, the photo turns our much better.
Wind drama ;P
More and more people are using their iPhones for cameras. I have used one several times, but one of the things I just can’t get it to properly capture is a full-body pose like this. It usually stretches out the person weirdly. I still enjoy using my own camera and feeling the weight of it around my neck.
Right now I am really into taking ‘bending’ photos.
A dramatic face can tell louder than a backdrop.
Again, the face speaks louder than the backdrop. Your main focus should usually be the object to which you are capturing.
In between shoots, we had to wear coats because it was so cold. As you can see, someone likes to capture photos off-shoot as well. 🙂
I might like to capture them as well…😏
Although I don’t prefer using the iPhone, sometimes an ‘iPhone style’ photo is still cute. Shortly after my sister and I finished up our shoot, our younger siblings walked up and wanted to try a hand at the camera.

At imagination of a photographer, great things can happen. With the click of a lense, you can capture a memory to last longer than a lifetime…don’t miss a single chance!