This will be a multi-part series showing you what I do and the thoughts behind my actions from the start until finish of a photoshoot. This is part one of the series, which focusses on the creation of a concept and what I do with it.
In the first part of this series, we're going to do the very basics of preparing for a photoshoot, which is to find a concept to work with first. A concept can come from many different things in life, mine usually come from moments in which I allow my brain to take a break and to daydream. Usually places like in the bus/train or just when I'm relaxing. For this specific shoot we're doing for the blog however, we'll be doing a somewhat simple concept based on something inspiring on the internet.
For this photoshoot I've decided to do something that is slightly outside the general scope of my work and to do a photoshoot with a surreal feel. This is most often done in photography by having a model in a situation in which certain things are abnormal. We're not going to deviate much from this, even though surrealism as a art form is quite a bit more broad.
After having decided on a general theme, what I usually do is to be more specific in what I want. This involves a lot of browsing on the internet (500px, flickr, pinterest) to find images that I like and then trying to find the similarities in these images.
For the photo I want to take, I'm going to base my inspiration on three photographers: Rosie Hardy, Kyle Thompson, and Natascha Kwee. These three photographers shoot surreal photos in a similar way. It involves a model in nature, shot with natural light. These models are then either interacting with the environment in a surreal way or they are wearing/holding something that makes the scene surreal. I have made a pinterest board with photos from these photographers which can you see at the bottom of the page, in case you want to check it out.
Now that there are a bunch of reference images, I'll start to specify what I actually want. For a shoot like this the end result we're going for is one, maybe two images. We'll be needing a model, a location, an assistant to help set everything up, and no external lighting is necessary. I'll be putting this in a google docs file, which you can find here. From here on out it's a matter of figuring out the details and arranging the things we need for the shoot, which we'll do in part two.