Those of you that keep up with my "goings on" may know that I have been taking classes for over a year now with the award winning photographer Sue Bryce. She has taught me so much, and frankly has been my main portrait photography inspiration. I have been on a journey to express my own style through her teachings.
Most recently I took a class where she and Lara Jade, another star focused in fashion photography, teamed up to inspire photographic artists to create something more than a basic portrait. At the conclusion of the class, a challenge was leveled to take one of the images Sue Bryce created the day of the class and edit it any way you felt inspired to do. Today is the final submission day and the winner of the challenge will receive a one hour coaching session from their choice of Sue or Lara. While my illustrative skills are in their infancy, this challenge has inspired me and awakened my long rested artistic passion.
I started college many moons ago with the intention to pursue a degree in graphic design. A few years in, I realized that while I loved the drawing classes where I worked with people, the building block classes of creating graphics and text were not what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I made the life altering decision to pursue business instead. (If only I knew then, what I know now!) I never gave up my love for creating and expressing myself through artistic pursuits, however they just manifested in other forms. Now all these years later after diving head first into portrait photography, a new found artistic outlet has emerged in illustrative photography. Here you will witness the humble beginnings. :)
This is the image taken by Sue Bryce. You can see more of her work here: http://suebryce.com/
Sue's Original Image:
These are shown in the order that I created the edits. Interestingly, I like the edits best in this order as well. Please keep in mind that these are my first attempts at composite work, as I continue to hone my skills for my new passion I expect to show marked improvement. Especially with the more complicated images with more elements added.
As mentioned, the prize for being chosen by Sue and Lara is a one hour Skype consultation of your portfolio and coaching session with one of them. I might think I died and went to heaven if something like this were bestowed upon me, however just the adventure of expanding my mind to "what could be" was prize enough. I hope you enjoyed seeing the birth of what surely will be the rest of my life's work. -Tammy
Lara's work can be seen here: http://www.larajade.co.uk/