Lifestyle Photography – Warts and All.

Yesterday I cinched up organizing my Instagram accounts. Or, at least I think I did. I’m really trying to figure this marketing stuff out since getting back into the game.

I now have one IG for business (the polished, no-nonsense account @quirkyandodd) and a personal one where I said I’d share more of the “warts and all” stuff of everyday life of an artist, and more behind the scenes of the studio (@lorigreenbergart).

So, here’s the first warts-and-all photo. I can’t believe I’m showing this. I know I need to master lifestyle photos. It’s been a crick in my craw (is that a real saying?) for a while now. I’ve tried and given up many times, but this time, I’m determined.

Doesn’t this photo just make you laugh? I mean, who even has the idea that you can put something gorgeous in a pile of rocks, stage it with some really cool pods and a little bit of their flowers for a pop of color, and it will magically work?

You know what I see? A pile of rocks and dismembered greenery. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some pods! But these look like little green asses that have been severed from their little garden troll bodies — if garden trolls are even green.

I won’t even get into the whole, “your gorgeous ring gets lost in all of that” issue. Or the shadows. ::sigh::

What the hell, y’all? I need some serious help!

Jill Symons New Glass Bead Blog

Did you see?  Did you see?  Jill Symons started a glass bead blog!  I mosey-ed over to her site today and in the back of my head I was thinking…I wish this blog was somewhere that I could subscribe to it in my reader.  I kept reading on and saw that now I can!

Sorry.  I get a little excited about things like that.

If you know Jill’s beads you know that they are elegance and perfection.

Here’s a little secret…

Way back when I was just starting out, Jill was the one who inspired my photos on a white background.  The way I remember it, she was the only one doing the pure white background thing.  Don’t jump on me…I know that she’s not the first one to do that and not the only one.  But she is the one that I remember being pretty prominent with that style.  I worked up my courage to email her and ask her what the heck she used for her background and she was nice enough to tell me how simple it was with just white paper.

I don’t know what she does not but her photos are impeccable, don’t you think?

Inspiration – What’s Behind Door Number Two?

Have you ever been artistically inspired by something and don’t know what to do with it? Inspiration is a funny thing to me. To me it is a spark that ignites inside of me. It pushes me to work, excites me, compels me. But it doesn’t give me clear ideas of where to go. Sometimes I wish I could get that inspired feeling and sit down and create a masterpiece in one fervent sitting. Unfortunately, I don’t think it works that way.  At least, not for most of us. I think ‘inspiration’ can be a misleading word in what we think it is in our fantasy world. At least, for me.

lg080121a1bobgertzdoors.jpgBut anyway…I wrote about how I’m inspired by bright colors but don’t like to work in bright colors. That is still confusing to me. These days I’m being inspired by doors. That’s right. Doors. I’ve always loved pictures of crusty, paint-peeling southwest, mission style, Santa Fe-like doors.

This summer we were at an art show in Prescott, AZ and I got a triptych-type framed photo of three doors, photoshopped in lovely, lush colors by Bob Gertz. It’s big and it hangs over my desk.

I see doors as symbolic, mysterious. What is behind them? What do they lead to? What part of our psyche do they represent? What do they say about us? What about the fantasy of doors leading to alternate realities?

So much good stuff there. But what do I do with it? Right now I’m letting it stew in my own psyche. Something will come, but I know I can’t force it.