In my last post I demonstrated how I edit many of my photos. I think its important to point out that I don't always use this process. When I edit event portraits I don't edit this way because I have no other choice but the one with the beautiful couple standing in front of a back drop. When I'm taking pictures of interiors I would never use this process because clearly I would choose the images that show the room in its "best light."
That being said, the times I do use this editing process is when I need to tell a story or convey how I am seeing something and I want you to see it too. Work I assign myself is perfect for this type of editing. My dream is to show my work in galleries and to make beautiful handmade books. This is the kind of work that has no "client" and no direction other than where I want it to go.
Here are a few of the pictures I took of my daughter during her thirteenth year of life. I will be putting them in a handmade book along with pictures she drew. She was very sweet to let me follow her around. These images are the result of hours of shooting and hours of editing from stacks of contact sheets.
Amanda at thirteen was looking for her place in this world, with her friends, her sisters, and her parents. Its a time in a young girl's life when she is expected to behave like a young adult but still wants to be little. Its life filled with make-up, jewelry, and and tennis shoes. She needs to be cool yet may still sleep with a teddy bear. Amanda is a little sister and a big sister and just trying to figure out what all this means.