I reached out to a friend for a conceptual session, but when I got home and began to work on the imagery, I decided to step out of the proverbial box of what was acceptable within the photography community and just simply create something for me. I used my knowledge of Photoshop to manipulate and create artistic imagery based on the fantastical stories in my mind. I have been creating these Whimsy Waifs ever since. I have unapologetically shared them for years. I tell my stories through them. They are what I see in the mirror, in some form. They are my therapy, my way of working through past trauma and honestly, my happy place. One of the best things I have ever done for my mental health has been to create art for ME instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing or what I feel like I SHOULD be doing. As photographers, we constantly feel like we need to keep up with the Joneses. We are continuously comparing ourselves to photographers we admire in the hopes of having a little taste of the success they have, but I have realized throughout my journey that the absolute best thing we can do as creatives, storytellers and photographers is to step outside of that box of expectation and create our own reality. We need to create something that resonates within our souls, to create art that gives us a profound sense of pride and satisfaction. I create stories for me, and whoever chooses to come along on the ride can hop on board.
behind the scenes
The first thing I want to stress is to plan your shoot. Have a story in mind. Develop a concept. These things make post-production a much smoother ride.
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