Self isolating for the greater good made me think about the direction of my photography business. After many weeks of "visiting" family and friends via Zoom, I slowly formulated the idea of virtual photoshoots with an artistic application.
At first, I thought, "how on earth can I create beautiful headshots using screenshot capture? " And that's when I started to look at adding painterly and illustrative layers to the photos. A screenshot needs to be "massaged" into becoming a fine portrait. First, it needs thorough retouching and corrections and then I can proceed with creative layers that I carefully modify and adjust to build each image.
This new direction of being a photographer and digital artist has brought me full circle creatively. I initially went to art school to become a painter and illustrator. Now that I'm combining digital painting with my photography I feel like that fine artist again...with a new set of paints, on Christmas Day! It's funny how life experiences can culminate in ways we've never imagined.
I'm having the best time with this new project, and all without my camera! But, I believe that aside from our fancy equipment, being a photographer has always been about guiding my clients through posing, and styling of light and location. And most of all, helping my clients feel comfortable and authentic in front of a camera, and now a monitor!
Stephanie graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She also attended the New England School of Photography, the New England Institute for Professional Photographers and the Maine Media Workshops and College.