Lately I have been mulling over an idea. That being, to make a shift from the usual photography that I do, to including portraits, glamour and other types of photography that includes people/models. I have always done photography that doesn't include models and such, because I honestly wouldn't know how to react to allowing another person into my creative process.
Usually when I shoot, I'm in some weird place, out in the woods or some deserted location (by myself), and usually it's between midnight to 3am. There really is no method. I shoot on the fly most of the time. It's just me and the camera.
Lately though, dare I say, I have been stagnate in the creative department (due to illness) and thought that maybe a change in direction might help to get the wheels spinning again. Lately, family and friends have been requesting my skills. I have no problem obliging, but I quickly learned that when it comes to photographing people....I really have no idea what I'm doing. I feel like a three legged dog.
I can work the camera just fine. It's coordinating poses and giving directions that make me feel rather awkward. I felt like a football coach without a playbook. That said.......... The idea of working with models freaks me out a little and I'm sure it's just my lack of experience, but I would still like to give it a try.
Glamour, Fashion, Portrait, Clothes, No clothes...I really don't care. It's the rapport thing. I have never had to do that before and also the sharing of creative ideas is a little daunting too.
In music, I used to have to play tons of stuff that I didn't like or want to play. (mostly jazz) I was short sighted and short tempered, I must admit. But playing all that stuff that I didn't like, actually made me better at playing the music that I did like. Strange but true.
Music and photography are both forms of art and I'm willing to bet that if I broke out of my usual genre of photography, that not only would I learn something new, but it just might make me a little better at Landscape/Night/Light painting Photography.
And there is my motive.
I don't think I could see it taking over my Landscape endeavours. Landscape is my baby, my passion, my peace. But I see new possibilities also.
So, if there is any advice from Photographers and/or Models that you would like to give me, I'm all ears. I'm open to all comments.