Fine Art Photography, Photography, photos, Portraits

Doing the Work

Trying to work on art images isn’t as easy as it sounds.  I need to know what I want to work on, where I want the work to go.  What are my goals for it?  What are the long term plans?  What are the plans in the short term?

I have been working on these images for about 3 months now, and I am really happy with what I have done so far, but I know I can do more.  By that I mean, I still think I might be all over the place and I want to narrow it all a little.  I think I want to concentrate more on one topic, so to speak.  Though, for the portraits of other people, then they will all over the place, and the client will dictate what the images will be.  However, there is no reason why I can’t have my “fine art images” that will be separate from my “fine art portraits”

With that in mind I have been watching some of the creativeLIVE workshop that I purchased that featured Brooke Shaden.  She did a lot in it about inspiration, defining your style, working out your themes and how to work.  There is some good stuff there and a lot to think about.

20130822_104820One of the things that I felt I needed was a visual diary that I could put all the thoughts together in one place, along with drawings, designs, and photos.  I have used notebooks for much of my photography, but I tend to use only one and it contains all my information on all sorts of things.  It feel necessary to categorise things, put them in their own pigeon holes.

I purchased a new A4 visual diary, it is one from Milini, they used to be made by Daler-Rowney.  I love these as the paper inside is really nice.  It is a nice cream colour.  I find many visual diaries and sketch pads so stark, the bright white paper blinds me.  They come with a black cover that is like fabric, but again, I wanted to make it more special, more along the lines of what I want to do, or where I want to go, so I covered it in cheesecloth that I have ruined, in a way.  Gives it a lovely texture.

Another thing I do is put my favourite perfume on my notebooks and diary, makes them more personal and more mine.  It is important to me that these things are mine and not to be shared.  I wonder if that says I have a problem with sharing?

So I have a lot of thinking and working out to do.  I sort of know the direction I want to go and getting that inquiry for the wedding has really got me thinking.  I got married 23 years ago, and when I got married it was done quickly and cheaply.  We thought we were going overseas to live and the only way I could go as well was if we were married, so married we got.  I wore a dress that I already had, and there was no church service, there was no reception.

At the time I understood, but then a couple of years later when a friend was getting married, I didn’t want to know about the wedding.  It took me a while to realise that the real problem was that I was jealous that she was getting the wedding that I didn’t.  I didn’t get the wedding that I had dreamed about my whole life (I am Muriel).  So I have been wondering if I could explore that notion of brides, weddings, and the hopes and dreams that go with them.  So, my new journal is going to be used to go through these ideas and to help plan a new series of images.  I am quite excited about the prospect of where they may go.

I also thought I might show you some more images from the last shoot I did.  I got permission and she told me which ones she liked, so I will show you those and a couple of others.

I love the colours that are coming out with these images.  I think they look great.  There is a painterly effect that reminds me of the old masters, and it was definitely a look that I was going for.

I am going away this weekend.  Myself and two friends are going to Ocean Grove again.  We are staying in a place that is in the same complex as last time.  It should be a nice relaxing weekend, with lots of photos and lots of time to think and work on my ideas.

We have booked our accommodation with Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads Stays, the same people who looked after us last time.  The place we are looking forward to eating at is Barwon Orange, we have eaten there a few times now and never been disappointed.  I am not sure what images we will be doing, but no doubt it will be good.  The place we are staying in has free WiFi  so I should be able to get a post up with some of the photos on Saturday.


    • I was a bit worried that people might think I was just whinging, but it is something we have to work at constantly. Thanks.

  1. Have a fine trip Leanne. Both my wife and I had weddings before, so when we were married we went to the County Seat and were wed by the Magistrate there. Simple and quick!

    • Thank you John, I am hoping it will be relaxing. I have only been married the once, and it was a trip to the registry office for us, which is the equivalent I believe.

  2. I mean … looking forward to the pictures with the ‘spooky’ ( ;) ) dress …. There is (was???) this magnificent Australian bottle tree in the Melbourne botanical garden ……..

  3. Sonel says

    You really put a lot of work in your art Leanne and I think these photo’s are stunning, and so is the model. Great shots! Have a fun weekend and enjoy! :D *big hugs*

    • Thank you Sonel, that is lovely of you to say. I do put in a lot of work, the big problem now is finding the models, my daughters are starting to show how annoying they can be when I ask them. I am sure I will have a great weekend, thanks again, big hugs back. :)

      • Sonel says

        LOL! Don’t worry, I am sure you will find lots of models and tell your daughters I say I would love to see more as they are gorgeous! :D

      • I’m going to Brisbane with my sister and a good friend for the weekend. We are seeing a collection of antique quilts at the State Gallery and then going to a play my daughter is directing on Saturday night. My husband is going to a family do in Ballarat…I know who is going to be warmer!

      • I know too, the weather for Victoria this weekend is very cold. I need to find my coat. I am going to need it. Your weekend sounds like it will be wonderful too.

  4. I enjoy your honesty. It’s so refreshing :)
    Love the way you’re personalising your journal… So creative. Just love it.
    Journals are very personal to me as well. I’ve been doing lots of sketches in mine again lately too.

    • I think I am going to be doing the same, I really want to plan this new work so much more. I have the visions in my head, I just need to get them out now. It is nice to be drawing again, even for this little bit.

      • It is good to ‘collect’ our thoughts and I do agree, drawing is a wonderful past time. Enjoy!

      • I have to see if I can still do it, it has been a while. I better take my pencils with me this weekend. Thanks Robyn, I hope you have a good weekend too.

      • Just do it :) I had 6 months with no real drawing and felt like I’d lost it. Nope. Just practice. Phew! You’ll be great :)

      • Haha, I haven’t done any drawing a few years, but I am not expecting anything great, just to be able to give a plan of what I want to do, I am happy enough with that. :)

      • You might be right, it will be nice to try it again. Hopefully I won’t be too ashamed at my attempts. It would be good to be able to do some posts that are about the planning and then through to the final image.
        You are doing well with the drawings.

  5. I have so many notebooks full of screenplay ideas, notes, and horrible drawings. I wish I could throw them away, but I just can’t do it. I know someday I will look back at them, and it will spark new ideas. I always enjoy your work, and hearing about your inspiration.

    • I have the same, but mine are ideas for images, it is good to do, and like you said, you can go back over them and be reminded or they might spark something different. I don’t do it enough, but it is really something I want to start doing more. Thank you.

  6. I’m intrigued by the idea of your un-wedding journal… so much emphasis is placed on wedding planning and perfection… both my weddings were ‘proper’ weddings but reasonably casual and I was never really engaged in the process of creating the special day… it would have been so much fairer in hindsight to bequeath one to you ;)

    • That would have been lovely. I would have liked that. I do like the idea of the bride being my inspiration for some work, so that should be good, I hope. Time will tell, thanks again EllaDee. :)

  7. The outfit with the blue top and the white skirt reminds me to snowwhite.
    I like that one most.

    • Thank you, that was one of my first attempts at doing dresses for these, so it is great to hear you liked it.

  8. Fascinating train of thought…I can see it developing into something amazing :)
    (Don’t feel bad – I’ve been married twice, and neither was a ‘real’ wedding ;) )

    • Thanks Marie, I am really liking this idea and really want to go with it. I think many aspects are going to appeal to my creative side, so I am so excited about it, I just want to start. :)
      It is funny what we term as real, isn’t it. Thanks again for making me smile. :)

  9. Really a fine series of images, Leanne…the colors ARE so reminiscent of 15th/16th century art. Keep going at it, things like this…and perhaps submit some samples to romantic novel publishers? I think that might be a good place to start!

  10. Bonjour Mme Cole

    Every time l visit your work l come away, initially, depressed and in awe of your and the other photographers stuff you showcase. However, it’s not long before l start feeling inspired and keen to run amok with my little canon camera and iphone.

    It is an honour to have you follow and like the 61 year old child photographer that l am l crave your approval. The old man in me however, would like, if you have time, some creative constructive critique.



    • Thank you so much, it is always great to hear that people find my blog inspiring.
      I would love to be able to critique work for people, but it is not something I am comfortable with doing, and I get asked so many times, so I am sorry that it is not really possible.

  11. This lovely lady must surely be so thrilled these pictures from your photo sessions with her Leanne ! The colours are so perfect for the scene .

    • I think she was, she like a few of them. It was an interesting session, she was great to photograph. I love the colours and love how they turned out. Thanks Poppytump.

  12. I am so inspired by your notebooks! I also love Muriel’s Wedding, by the way. And your story is really touching. Thank you for sharing it. That theme of weddings is a rich vein to mine. I think women really vary in how they think of weddings.

    • I love notebooks and fountain pens. I love fountain pens, so I always like to be doing something where I can use one. AT the moment my favourites are Lamy ones, they are so nice to write with. Muriel’s wedding is so tragic, funny how she thinks marriage would mean success, I think a lot girls used to be like that, not so much now. The story of my wedding, I was so happy to be getting married that at the time it didn’t bother me, but it did later on. I agree with what you have said women do think of them very differently, could be aninteresting theme to explore. Thanks Nia.

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