Sometimes I feel like my best images come when I don’t really have something mapped out in my mind. I tend to become a perfectionist and a minute flaw or failure in my design can leave me frustrated and uninspired. The organic moments where creativity, spontaneity, and craft align effortlessly are what fuels my passion for photography. I have plenty of shoots that I have meticulously planned out and have turned out imagery I am proud of. But again, nothing feels better than to be doing something you love, naturally, without worry. Today was one of those days. I had a long day at work and a brutal workout at the gym. I came home feeling ragged and my legs were already beginning to throb with a dull ache of anger from what I had just put them through. We decided to make a homemade pizza, mostly to use up the goodies we snagged at the farmer’s market over the weekend. It had to be half n’ half (lol to Holly if you are reading this) because Chet and I can never agree on the same toppings for our pizzas. I chose mozzarella and Parmesan cheese with heirloom beefsteak tomato and sungold tomato, scallions, minced basil, and pepperoni. Chet had some spicy hot Italian sausage, pepperoni, minced basil and the same cheese. I had already photographed the “before” images and was ready to pop everything in the oven and decided last minute to brush some garlic olive oil and Italian seasoning over the crust. Pizza turned out great, and so did the images. I wasn’t even expecting to do a shoot today but I’m extremely pleased with the results of impromptu creativity. Enjoy!
July 24, 2012