Location. Location. Location. Locations play a huge role in conceptual portraiture. The setting for the concept is integral to the story. I’ve had quite a few story images that, had I not had the perfect location, the story would have fallen flat on its face. Any photographer who has tried scouting locations will tell you, scouting takes a LOT of time. Taking that time may not be … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Into the woods we go!
One of my favorite themes in conceptual portraiture is fairytale. I have a soft spot in my heart for children’s storybook themes. I have found myself collecting a lot of stock with those themes in mind. I seem to come up with little girls themes easier than the boys so whenever I find something for a boy, I … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!
For a long time, when I ran across images that had light and fire effects, my mind was completely blown. How in the world were these Photoshop Artists and Photographers making an object look like it was fully engulfed in flames when it was actually all done in post? I knew the artists creating it were taking images of real fire … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! How to light a fire in Photoshop!
How many times have you heard a metaphor using keys? One of our universal, iconic metaphors is the key. I love working with items that not only have universal recognition but no matter where you go or what country you are in, it carries the same message and it represents the ideas and concepts for everyone. Today’s stock photo is … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Today’s theme? Keys!
Join me March 7th on Skype! Conceptual Portrait: The Art of Story-telling Through Imagery Make your photography stand out in a crowded market and double, or possibly even triple, your average sale! This one hour program will cover: Types of conceptual photography Ways to incorporate conceptual photography into your existing business A visual overview of how to plan … Continue reading A Few Spots Left! FREE Conceptual Portrait Mini-Clinic on SKYPE! March 7th @ 6PM EST! Register to hold your seat!
Today is Free Stock Saturday! Today’s free stock image is from my personal stock gallery. These images were taken last summer as they floated over our neighborhood here in Tennessee. My girls came tearing in the house all excited to show me. Smart little cookies they are… I grabbed the camera and took a few shots. These images … Continue reading Riddle me this… what has sky above, earth below and fire within? It’s today’s free stock image! It’s Stock Saturday Ya’ll!
I have this project I’ve been working on for a few weeks now. It is a conceptual portrait commission for one of my clients. The goal of the image is to create something with the feeling of “The Dutch Masters”. Something with a painterly feel, but not necessarily with visible paint strokes. I finally got the image to a point where … Continue reading Hair stocks are my new favorite PS hack…
Rocks are great for creating reusable backgrounds. If you are striving to build your photography business around conceptual portraits, you want reusable backgrounds. Backgrounds that are simple and do not require much manipulation to place your subject in them. Quick and clean. So… here’s a big, fat, cool rock… From two different angles. Free to use, with … Continue reading It’s Free Stock Saturday! Here’s a big, fat, awesome rock…
Time for some free stock and a little inspiration! Today I have giving away a nice little green lantern. If your style is fantasy, story-book, fairy and nymphs then you will LUV this one. This would work for so many portraits, with children and women. From making it a fairy house to putting it in the hand … Continue reading It’s Free Stock Saturday! What is the theme today? The Green Lantern!
Today’s free stock is a wonderful demonstration of how the “Sharing It Forward” mindset elevates artists as a whole, and creates a supportive, inspirational artist community. Three members of our “Sharing It Forward” community have donated today’s stock from their own stock libraries! All the images have a Creative Commons Attribution License and you are free to use them in commercial works. (As always, no … Continue reading It’s Stock Saturday and bird, bird, bird… bird is the word….