Spring 2017 – Portfolio Development

It’s time.  I’ve completed each and every requirement for Portfolio Development, actually more than the stated requirements.   I should be prepared, actually over prepared, but I’m not. The objective of Portfolio Development is to produce a portfolio of 15 – 20 new images of a specific genre e.g. product, food, sports, fine art, beauty, etc.  It must be all new work consistent in terms of style, lighting, etc.  yet not repetitive.  Tall task, no?

I agonized all winter break about what genre to choose.  I recently completed Product Photography last semester and surprisingly ended up kinda’ liking it  😉, but knew I didn’t want of portfolio of cosmetics or shiny electronics.  Food was absolutely out (the hardest thing I’ve ever shot).  I was seriously tempted by beauty or fashion because I’ve done some good IMO beauty/fashion shots; it would be a beautiful book.  Plus it lends itself nicely to my strengths, Photoshop retouching skills.  But it is the genre that requires the largest team:  models, makeup artists, hair stylists, wardrobe, studio lighting, etc.  Too much coordination! Too much drama!

I decided on environmental portraits.  Environmental portraits portray a person in their natural environment. Different from traditional portraits shot in a studio, environmental portraits capture the character of the subject and give insight into their daily life making for a more personal image, telling some kind of story about who the subject is.  Environmental portraits are shot in the subject’s home, workplace or places they enjoy spending their time.  Not necessarily as glamorous as beauty and fashion, but no glam squad required.  😀

Then the panic set in, where am I going to get 15 – 20 willing subjects in interesting backgrounds?

Here are my first three images:

  1.  My mechanic at Modesti’s Car Center in Culver City on Jefferson.  I’ve been going there for over 20 years (yikes!).  I always tease them saying that I drive past a zillion auto repair shops to get there from Torrance.  🙂
  2. Suzuki Takuma, owner and chef of Takuma Santa Monica on Wilshire.  Takuma is our go to place for girl’s night out, bachelorette parties, and birthday parties.
  3. Freddy Carrillo, a friend and frequent model, on the tennis court.

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sexy, designer fragrances

Done!  What a fascinating semester!  The final assignment was to create a 5 image product portfolio of all new work.  The portfolio was to be stylistically cohesive yet completely separate shoots.  Elements such as similar lighting, subject matter, colors, design and composition shape a cohesive portfolio.

My inspiration – Sexy, provocative, designer fragrances in muted pink, black and white

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Done!  Many, many thanks to my assistant, models, and those who happily lent their shoes, fragrances, cars, boxing gloves this semester.  And to my classmates who held foam core till their fingers cramped.   Also to my ever so supportive squad who motivate me by their high standards and support me every single day.  And my instructor who kept telling me I could do it!  🤓

my playlist this semester:

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After I set all my foam core on fire,  I’ll get a few days of rest then head off to Cuba!!  😃