Photographers are always showcasing their most recent awesome image. That's not what this post is about; it's about the images I DON'T have, but would love to showcase someday. In addition to creating beautiful images for paying clients, I'm always brainstorming about epic images I'd love to create just because I want to exercise my creativity. These images fall under the "personal project" umbrella. In 2017 I did two such projects and two resultant images are shown below:
Here are just a few potential subjects on my personal projects list for 2018:
1. A true dock-diving dog. I'm looking for a dog that will fling himself or herself recklessly off the end of a dock in pursuit of a ball tossed into the water. This shoot is going to require some interesting logistics as, like most of my work, I will still be using studio lighting in this watery environment! No need to worry about safety and electrocution, just the damage to $1,000s worth of equipment. But, hey, that's my problem and the images I have in mind from this session will be worth the risk. But I am NOT so crazy as to attempt this at this time of year; this one will have to wait until summer.
2. K9 officers and their handlers. I have a great deal of respect for all police officers and I'd love to do a tribute by creating some epic environmental portraiture work for some officers. And, since I love photographing people and their dogs, it makes sense for this shoot to be with officers from the K9 unit. The images I have in mind would be made at night with all kinds of cool ambient (background) lighting.
3. Performers. I would love to work with other artists -- such as musicians or dancers -- to create images of them performing their craft in a way that adds texture and drama. Location scouting will play a significant role in this shoot.
If you're reading this and know someone (or a dog) that fits one of these descriptions, I'd love to talk to them. These personal projects are always a fun collaboration of talent and the participant ends up with some great images for themselves at no cost.