Any artist or photographer knows that personal work is very important to explore as an artist and stay creative. After a commercial workshop in Seattle with the amazing John Keatley, we were reminded of the importance of this work and how truly necessary is in our line of work. One of the best exercises we did was to do a portfolio review with him and then a peer review with other attendees. Every single time it was the person’s personal work that stood out and was deemed their best.
On the flight home, I decided I needed to just sit and digest everything I had learned and heard in our workshop. I sat with just me and my thoughts and it was as if inspiration knew I was ready for it again. All of a sudden idea after idea came flying into my brain. I still have the notes on my phone; all scattered and trying their hardest to keep up with the intense pace of it all.
From these ideas I knew I wanted to start with the one that was the most fun and relaxed. This shoot was it. I had the idea to have kids do their own makeup. I wanted to capture ultimate color and silliness. Kids being kids. I gave them no instruction, only the tools and freedom to do whatever they wanted. It was very much a collaboration in that way and I absolutely loved it. The kids were mostly all a little hesitant at first. Second guessing ideas and unsure of what to do. Most kids are given so much instruction and structure in their lives that it’s not surprising they would have that reaction. As they continued though they began to have more and more fun and just go for it. It was hilarious and amazing to witness. Take a look at what these little cute artists did. There’s even a little behind the scenes video below of their process.