The topic of Process has been coming up in conversations with my artist friends lately. How important is process in our artmaking? How do we feel when making work, and how do we want to feel? Have we settled into a process that seems authentic to who we are or are we still experimenting, searching, trying new things?
I used to feel like the final product (the edited photograph, the finished painting, the mastered song) was all that really mattered, but I’m realizing that I want The Road to getting there to be as enjoyable and interesting to me as the end result.
We spend a lot of time on The Road, you know? And I’m seeing that the more I can share of that Road – my process – the more folks can really understand what I’m doing and connect with the finished work.
So, what’s your process? How can we share that with your people so they have more opportunities to connect, more ways to appreciate what you do?
One of the photo sessions I offer is often broken up into two parts, one where we take narrative photos that tell a story about you doing your work, where you get your inspiration, or anything else you’d like to share to give more context to your art.
In the second part of the shoot, we focus on portraiture that speaks about you as a person and an artist/maker/creative.
Even if we’re just making portraits, I always take the time to learn as much as I can about the folks I’m working with. We’ll talk about your process, your influences and inspiration. Getting to know you and your art colors our work together, adds dimension, and leads to better final images.
If you’re a creative human and would like to learn more about how photography can help you connect with your people, I’d love to talk ideas with you!