There are some days where I have an idea in my head for a photo for weeks, and I get so excited about it. I plan out the shoot, stage everything and it turns out better than I even imagined.
Then there are days where I have an idea in my head for a photo for weeks, and I get so excited about it. I plan out the shoot, stage everything and everything goes to shit.
Okay so that’s probably a little exaggerated but I had this idea to shoot through my bathroom mirror and make a dog collage with Nate reaching out behind the shower curtain to grab a towel while one of the dogs was climbing into the other side of the shower. All of this would be seen through the mirror reflection from the mirror above the sink. At the sink one of the dogs was going to be standing up drinking water or something so that you’d see part of it in the reflection and the other dogs were going to be staged in other places in the scene. It was going to be amazing.
In retrospect I should have known it wouldn’t work out as I anticipated because our bathroom’s layout is really weird and is basically two rooms. It’s narrow; very narrow.
So when I went to work on this shot basically I couldn’t get the right angle to see to where the shower and towel rack are unless the camera and I were basically taking up the entire mirror reflection. There wasn’t enough room in what I could capture to incorporate the other dogs and you couldn’t even see anything happening at the sink.
After this failure, I improvised and did two separate scenes of each of the two rooms that make up the bathroom with the intention that they would be displayed together so it kind of still had the same vibe I was going for with my original idea. So this is what I came up with:
I’m not in love with the edits but I’ve redone them at least 10 times. I was experimenting with using the florescent (I don’t even know if that’s technically what it is) lights in our house along with the natural light coming in from the windows.
One thing that came out of this shoot though that I’m really excited to experiment more with is the idea of having some sort of movement. When I shoot portrait sessions I generally will have the client do some sort of movement or action and shoot through the whole sequence to get what I want. I also do that a lot with the dogs because they don’t stay still for more than a few minutes. I like the idea of doing that with fabrics or elements in the environment like I did with the towel in the image above.
So in the spirit of doing smaller composites (basically with about half the layers as the full scene ones) I had this idea to have a scene where a lot more of the figures were cropped out. I really like this one because it’s somewhat simple compared to what I’ve been doing and it makes me laugh. It’s not the most dynamic composition but I like the balance of the two dogs looking up and the parallel between Nate’s feet and Ghost’s who is sitting next to him.