Out-Takes of a Photographers Self-portraits

So, as a photographer many times we are so nit picky and overly obsessive and controlling over our own images that we will resort to some extreme measures to get our own portraits done. Some photographers may eventually resort to finding another photographer they can work with, they may even resort to recruiting friends or family members to come and simply push the shutter button, or drive ourselves crazy trying to achieve the perfect images! Regardless it’s somewhat a right of passage in the photography world for photographers to venture out and do their own portraits from time to time, no matter how painstakingly agonizing and incredibly frustrating it may be.

I get asked all of the time how do I manage to do all of my own portraits. Well, with a ton of focus, dedication, drive, and creativity later, I’m able to almost always able to achieve what I desire with some tools of the trade. I use a wireless remote shutter, a monitor screen (if I am in studio, if I am on location, no go), zip ties, c-stand, wire, fishing line, umbrellas, and yes some times grafters tape. (I learned the hard way that duct tape, although effective, leaves nasty sticky residue that takes forever to eventually go away.)

Just let your creativity run away with you, measure things, trial and error, and lots of patience is all that you really need to achieve it! Yes, more times than not, that means you will be looking at about a zillion of the same frame to find that one diamond in the ruff image that is exactly what you are looking for. I have learned that you always crop out as much as possible, because it’s easy to crop down during post production, and impossible to crop out.

 

Anyways, here’s a contact sheet of some of the out-takes of my most recent session of my college graduation photos. This is just a taste of the frustration you will endure when you venture out on your on location self-portrait photo shoot. Again, I’m just sharing these, because when you look back after seeing your final images, it makes you chuckle. SOMETIMES though, a mishap can turn into an unexpected image that you will fall in love with! So don’t be too quick to discard the undesirables, work with them a little, get a little artsy for detail shots and crop in more. You’ll be surprised how far your creativity will take you!

 

Enjoy this chuckle with me. By-the-way this day happened to have been a VERY windy, stormy day that decided to down pour on me, so I was having all kinds of wardrobe malfunctions! lol. PS the 3rd one down on the left side I am totally trying to get my wireless trigger to shoot off and it was malfunctioning. lol. That’s why it looks like I’m pointing at the camera. =)

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Gallery Shows & Updates

Some Big happenings going on with Morganroth Photography right now, and you DON’T want to miss them!

 

“Desolation” a personal photo-journalistic approach to details of every day life in the aftermath of the biggest fire catastrophe since 1933 that claimed the lives of 19 of our bravest Hotshot Heroes from Prescott on July 30, 2013; is currently on display at the MonOrchid Gallery inside their solo exhibition gallery called the Bokeh Gallery. You can Get directions and information about MonOrchid and the Shade project here on their facebook page: MonOrchid Gallery. The images on print display tell the story about items, that we use almost every day, but never pay too much attention to them; such as in “Spun Out” you will see in a pile of ashes the only thing left is the casting outside of a ceiling fan, and in “Hells Kitchen” you see that the entirety of the kitchen is ashed out, leaving the framework of a chair sitting there waiting for the homeowner to come back. In another image you see a bicycle standing on it’s own, after examining this bike for about 20-30 mins while documenting it, I finally realized this bike had melted into the pavement, keeping it permanently standing up, ready to take off.

If you missed First Friday, and Third Friday, no need to fret, you can still go down to MonOrchid gallery any day, 7 days a week, from 7am-5pm to check out “Desolation.” Images that are printed ARE for sale, they are $75 regardless of size due to content. Additional images may be purchased in the size of your choosing at $75 until January 31st, and then $125 after the show ends. Portion of the proceeds go to the Hotshots families. PLEASE CONTACT Nicole Royse and/or Justin Germain at the MonOrchid gallery to request a purchase. QR code available on Artist Statement/bio to view images at your convenience to make purchasing decisions.

IF you have questions, comments, or would like to talk to me about this body of work, I’m always available via one of my social media outlets. Morganroth Photography is found across the board on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, WordPress, etc.

Art Curator Justin Germain and Artist April Morganroth at the Bokeh Gallery located inside of the MonOrchid Gallery in Downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt

Art Curator Justin Germain and Artist April Morganroth at the Bokeh Gallery located inside of the MonOrchid Gallery in Downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt

Artist April Morganroth and her Best Friend at opening night of her show Desolation inside the Bokeh Gallery located in the MonOrchid Gallery downtown Phoenix, on Roosevelt

Artist April Morganroth and her Best Friend at opening night of her show Desolation inside the Bokeh Gallery located in the MonOrchid Gallery downtown Phoenix, on Roosevelt

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“Desolation” is in the process of being picked up by three other galleries, and possibly will have a few images on permanent display at an Art Museum; pending details.

 

“Dissolve” a photographic documentation of my struggle through the grief process after losing my mother to cancer on July 7th, 2012 is being picked up and in the workings of contract negotiations for another local well known Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona. Approximate debut is currently set for August of 2014.

“Dissolve” is a self “portrait” through my disconnection, discourse, and every day struggles of coping with the lost of my mother. “Just Another Manic Monday” is an composite of me trying to wake myself up to reality, from preparing my coffee, to nearly melting down in the kitchen before getting my kids from their rooms in the morning. This photographic documentation project goes through every day struggles, from when I’m having a bad day and I automatically start texting my mother, just to realize, she’s not on the other end anymore, to finding the strength to laugh and talk to her urn with my kids watching me. Finally realizing that it’s okay to laugh and talk about the good memories of my mom, so that my young children can remember their grandma with happiness, and not my isolated sadness. More details to come.

 

As far as my commercial and portrait/wedding photography work goes, it’s on hold until after the birth of my third son. Looking to resume work about mid April. I’m still dealing with Arizona Brides and Arizona Weddings regarding work I’ve done for them. I will keep you posted as I get new details about those, which I have yet to get new info on that as of yet.

I am currently doing small mini sessions, so feel free to contact me, as my schedule fills up fast with the limitations I have.

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Happy New Year to all! I hope to hear from you soon! Please keep in mind that I am now a full time student with Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, so I must meet deadlines first and foremost, being a journalist/photojournalist. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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