How Emotions Play a Huge Role in this Artist's Life. | Springfield, MO Photographer


This portrait spoke to me from the moment I captured it. It deserved more than a few simple adjustments. It was meant to be seen as a work of art. Sounds simple but for this artist, it turned into a struggle.


- Fine Art Portraiture -
by Tora Anne Thompson
Featuring: Leah Haines


 

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How Emotions Play a Huge Role in my Work.

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As an artist at heart, I want to create. As a flawed human, sometimes the simplest of things can seem like climbing Mount Everest. Every day I struggle with who I am as an artist. When I am able to create, I am on top of the world. When I struggle with being creative, I feel as though I am trapped and bound by every negative thought an artist can have. These creative lows can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. This particular one lasted two months and I am not completely out of it yet. It is torture and I would never wish this on anyone.

This image was reverted back to its original state three times before I had completed it. I felt that I wasn't doing it justice. I knew what I wanted but I could not wrap my mind around the process I would need to take in order to achieve it. I knew how to do it. I knew where to start. I just could not physically and mentally make it happen and it deeply saddened me.

If you are an artist, you understand what this is like. Whether you want to admit to having creative lows or not, that is up to you. However, they do happen to the best of us. Most of us cannot admit that we are struggling. I take a lot of pride in my work and I do not like to seem weak or flawed but I am. I am learning that it is okay to be human. It is okay to be real and to be open. I have also learned that if the people around me cannot handle me in my real state than they are not meant to be in my life. For every fake relationship you lose, you gain multiple people who understand, listen to, and support you.

Would I ever wish to be able to create without having these emotional rollercoasters? NO. I will explain. When I am in a low, I crave to be able to create again. It reminds me of just how bad I want it and how much being an artist means to me. Without emotion, is art really considered art? What would drive you? I cannot imagine creating something while not being emotionally tied to it. It would seem so empty and futile.

Do not forget that it is okay to walk away for a while and return with a clear mind. Sometimes we need to distance ourselves from the thing that is consuming us. It has taken me some time to be okay with this, and it has certainly helped me.

If you are struggling, do not sit in silence. It may seem like nothing now, but a creative low can eat at you. Be honest with yourself and reach out. You are not alone and there are countless people who have been or are in your shoes.

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Much Love,
Tora Anne



A Time-lapse View Into the Creation of a Concept. | Artist in Springfield, MO

Welcome Back!

Today I am sharing a time-lapse video of my editing process for the following piece.

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by Tora Anne Thompson
Featuring: Leah Haines


 

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A LITTLE BACKSTORY

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I have a fascination with pretty, odd shaped, or colored anything bottles and jars. You know, the normal stuff. ;) I had this one sitting around and thought it would make a really neat piece.

Leah Haines came in to photograph a previous project and we just couldn't let this beautiful dress go to waste! I had yet to photograph the scene for this idea but that didn't stop us from getting the shot.

THE CONCEPT

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Around that time I was elbow deep in a miniature fairy garden concept so I had all of the earth elements laying around the studio. I set up the miniature scene on a little foldable table, placed the bottle where I wanted it and photographed the scene.

THE PROCESS

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I decided to record my editing process and turn it into a time-lapse video for you all to see! Let me know what you think and whether or not you want to see more of these!

(Note: I do not go into detail for every move or layer. This post is meant to simply show the process I took when creating the image.)

I do hope this inspires you to experiment and create your own works of art.


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Conceptual Photography with Tora Anne | Missouri Photographer

Welcome!

In this post, I will share a brief recap on the process used to create the following image.

 
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"Even in Darkness, There is Light"
by Tora Anne Thompson
Featuring: Leah Haines


A LITTLE BACKSTORY

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I will be the first to admit that I am a snap-happy photographer. I have terabytes of images solely dedicated to our family outings and events. Images can range from family members to peeling paint. If I like it, I will shoot it. I may not have a plan for it right then, but I always hold onto those images just in case!

In 2013 my husband and I were hiking in the Smoky Mountains when he pointed out this mushroom. It was so beautiful. All alone on the forest floor. I laid down and snapped a few shots of it, backed it up on my hard drive when we got home and left it there. I had no plans for it. I just liked the pretty mushroom. This obsession of mine paid off four years later when I created this concept.

THE CONCEPT

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The word I would use to describe the moment I envisioned this concept would be blinding. I seen it and nothing else. It was such a powerful vision that I had to make it come true right then and there. I combed through my archives, selected my images, contacted the model, and shot it all in the same day. It was then pieced together and completed the follow day.

I have no specific reason as to why this image was created. I just know it was one that I had to bring to life. Not all concepts need an elaborate reason for its creation. Sometimes it just simply needs to exist and be put out there for others to see.

THE PROCESS

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I have included a brief description on how I created the concept along with a time-lapse video of it being pieced together and completed. I do not go into detail for every move or layer. This post is meant to simply show the process I took when creating the image. I do hope you enjoy it and I hope it will inspire you to experiment and create your own.


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STEP ONE

Selecting the main image.

 

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I chose to use this image as my base. I wanted to keep the woods, floor, and mushroom in the scene so I decided I would simply begin to build on top of this image.


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Step Two

Adding your subject.

 

STEP TWO:

After photographing the model (Leah Haines) I then cut her from the image and placed her on the base image above.

We were able to get together and shoot this image on the same day that I envisioned this concept.

 


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Step three

Add and adjust elements.

 

STEP THREE:

This is when any and all additional elements are added to the scene. I chose these mushrooms from the same hike and photographed the pendant and twig in the studio.


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Step Four

Coloring toning and final adjustments.

 

STEP FOUR:

This is the part when you really begin to see the concept come together. All placing, shading, color toning, and other adjustments are done here. You get to be as creative as you want to be in this step.

Want to see it all come together?

Watch the video below! ↓ ↓ ↓


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Inspired: Creating a Fine Art Piece in Under 25 Minutes. | Fine Art - Springfield, Missouri.

This image was inspired by Kesha's song Rainbow. 

My vision involved a woman standing with her hands in the colors of the rainbow. I didn't want her face to show as I wanted my viewers to view the image and create their own story.

I started with a large piece of paper in my garage but quickly realized that the paint I had purchased was far too runny and inconsistent to achieve my goal. After a brief moment of frustration, I went into my art supplies, grabbed a canvas, paint, a texture medium, and my favorite painting knife and went to town. 10 minutes later I had knocked out a miniature rainbow on an 8x10 canvas.

Jessica was already scheduled to come in for a portrait session so I asked her if she would be up to finishing her session with a shot that would complete this concept. She graciously said yes and we shot this in a matter of a few minutes. I then added her to my painting with the use of photoshop.

I personally find this piece to be incredibly beautiful and it still captivates me when I look at it.

Jessica M. | Conceptual Art
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