Not Another 52 Project?!?!?!

A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture

Week 22: Head In The Clouds

Another week, another staged portrait shot composed through the use of artificial lighting.

This week, I wanted to work with a high fashion look by using my Smashbox Cosmetics, Urban Decay and Napoleon shadows, Benefit primers and highlighters, Bobby brown liquid liners, extensions and appliances, and eventually bring it into PS to enhance the overall artsy design.

For me, this was an arduous process that sapped a lot of my energy in the pre-shoot set-up rather than the modeling or camera work.  When it came time for the real meat and potatoes, I knew I had to get the positions, lighting, and other technical components done before I was too exhausted to finish it all up.

After about 10-15 minutes of a few test shots and adjustments to things, I was able to bust through a full series in about 30 minutes, which after the full set-up, was like 5 minutes to my brain.

At the almost halfway point in this project, without any breaks, time-off, or general forfeiture of meeting the goals I have set for myself, I am realizing that making a conscious effort to set up your shots is a heck of a lot more tricky than the pray and spray method from 2012.  I am willing to accept the challenge I have set out to accomplish and I can honestly say that it is not only helping me with my portraiture work, in general, but it is helping with my studies in school as well.  Currently, in my video course, we have discussed lighting and its importance and I felt like a freakin’ rockstar LOL!


Here is to keeping my head in the clouds and reaching for the stars (or in this case, hitting all my goals in life)!

So, without further ado, here is my shot for Week 22 of this portraiture project!

The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:



1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.

picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy

My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!

#portraitphotography  #notanother52project

#52project  #52weeks2013  #52weekproject  #52weeks#52portraitproject

#selfportraiture  #selfportrait

Also: If you haven’t already, please go check out the awesome work in the +Selfy Sunday event page:

The theme for the event is The Music In Me and there have been some wonderful and extremely creative works presented!

Even a shot from this series payng homage to Rob Zombie can be found! =D

#SSP   #selfysunday   #selfysundayproject



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