This is the first time I've ever tried to create a cohesive series and it has been one hell of a challenge. This is the third image of my "Mannequin Madness" series and I tried to tie it in with the others by using the same elements. In this case I used the butterfly that was used in "The Dressmaker" and the little yellow bird that was used in "The Seamstress." The one thing I have noticed that's nearly impossible to keep consistent is the hue of the wall color. They have all been shot in the same location, but what I didn't realize is that lighting makes a HUGE difference. When I shot "The Dressmaker" it was around 3:00 in the afternoon. "The Seamstress" was shot around noon, but it was a cloudy day, so I had to use the overhead light which gave it a completely different hue than the others. This one was shot around 9:00 in the morning and it seems so much bluer and brighter than the other two.
It's just something I never really thought about, so this series has been a great learning experience for me. Aside from that, everything else has remained the same, from props and location to textures used in post processing. And yet, the outcome is always different. I rather like it that way though. It's almost as if each image has its own unique personality and I think I prefer it that way. After all, life would be really boring if we were all the same, so why should art be any different?
What makes this one especially unique is that I'm not the model. Yay! My husband was kind enough to be my model for this one. Here's the before pictures... Didn't he do a great job? Maybe I'll take him out to dinner for all of his hard work. :)
I have one more image to create, which will wrap up this series, then I'll be moving onto something else. In three weeks we'll finally be moving into our new house. So it may take a little while for me to get back into the swing of things. I'm so excited, I can't even begin to tell you. We have been bouncing around between vacation rentals for the past six months, waiting on our house to be built. I have moved more in six months than I have in five years! I can tell you one thing though, I won't be moving again for a VERY long time. But you know what I'm looking forward to the most? Having a desk and a chair to work at. Right now my computer is sitting on top of a trunk and I'm using a little red cooler for a chair. Seriously....I have no idea how I've managed to edit all these photos over the past six months. My back hurts! Not to mention my rear end! haha
But I can't complain, because sometimes you have to make sacrifices in order to get where you want to be. And in three weeks, I will have my very own office, with french doors!! Not to mention a permanent roof over my head. So it's all worth it.