Jake Shoots People

Photo Editing Madness and Photography Bastardization

A Picture and a Rant. And Being Humble.

It seems a lot of people aren’t too fond of my newfound confidence. I’ve been noticing more and more how my self-appreciation isn’t…..appreciated. Simple phrases like “I’m awesome” brings the smirk and comments like “Don’t let your head get too big”.

WHAT? 

REALLY? 

This makes me angry! If you know me, like really know me, you’d know how long it took me to get here. How hard my husband has worked to get me to this point. We’ve been married for eleven years, and the first ten were full of doubt, low self esteem and insecurities. Brett has worked his ASS OFF all these years to rid me of these afflictions.

It took Brett telling me every day that I am beautiful, smart, worth something, strong, amazing, lovely and sexy.

And one day I believed him. I woke up feeling beautiful, smart, worth something, strong, amazing, lovely and sexy.

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HOW DARE YOU TAKE THAT AWAY FROM HIM! I won’t allow it! I won’t allow other people’s insecurities to bring me down. Or to undo all of Brett’s hard work.

Would you rather see me walking with my head down? Hating my reflection? Losing faith in my awesome abilities? Downplaying all of my hard work? WHY? Why are we threatened by other people’s confidence? Why can’t I be a great photographer and my neighbor be a great photographer?

Shame on you!!

What is wrong with society when we aren’t allowed to have confidence in ourselves? When we are called vain for believing we are beautiful! Why are we put down for once believing we are more than the gossip of unhappy acquaintances?

THIS ENDS NOW!

I AM A GREAT MOTHER. I AM YOUR SEXY NEIGHBOR. I AM A CHILD OF GOD. MY HAIR IS AS BRIGHT AS MY HEART. I AM BEAUTIFUL WHEN I AM ANGRY. I HAVE NICE BOOBS. I HAVE CUTE TOES. I RUN REALLY FAST. I AM SUPERWOMAN. I AM SUPERMAN. I AM AMAZING. 

My confidence doesn’t have to be your insecurity.

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How’s my big head now?

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Imagination. And editing organically.

IMAGINATION-the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.

To be a successful Photo editor you MUST have imagination. This is key.

There are certain parts of the brain that have to be activated in order for imagination to play a part in photo editing (I think being a mother helps. I play Barbies a lot).

Superman could fly, see through walls and shoot laser beams from his eyes. Me? I can see things that aren’t there. 

What do you see when you look at this picture?

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I see a woman, battered and abused by her husband. She gave up her friends and family to be with him. He started off with just harsh words but it soon escalated. It wasn’t long before his violent words became a tangible thing, and his frustration showed itself on her face.

My dad had surgery on his arm. I begged him to let me photograph the stitches.

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Gross right? I used them to enhance my photo of a battered wife, to give that shocking effect.

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But he loves me

You have to be able to see passed a boring picture, to see what it will become. 

When I have a concept in my head I will do anything to make it a reality. Sometimes that means holding out my hand with nothing in it. Or looking at something that isn’t there, because I can see it in my head.

A good solid mind has the ability to bend. A lot of times the concept in my head starts to take a different turn when I start to photograph it. Sometimes I go to start the editing process and a different creature takes over me and forces my idea in a different direction. I used to get frustrated. DELETE. START OVER.

It took me a while to see that my concepts were organically transforming into something different. And that it was okay. I forced myself to relinquish control, and magic happened.

Now I let the photo create itself. If my picture has a story to tell, it will tell me. Don’t fight it. Bend.

FORCE your mind to see beyond the picture.

Don’t limit yourself to what is, instead of what can be. 

Do you know how silly I felt posing for this shot? Only a lot. But I believed in my mind and let the editing process flow, gave my imagination free reign, and was open to the idea that the outcome might be different than I imagined.

You can’t force imagination. But you CAN aide it. You CAN nurture it. And I suggest doing so before you start shooting/editing.

Happy shooting! Happy Editing!