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Friday Photoshare – Cherish your Dreams

Welcome back to the Friday Photoshare series! It’s been really difficult for me not to share the stories behind my self portraits here on my blog for the last month! Today I’m sharing one from early December, Cherish your Dreams.

Cherish your dreams - self portrait

This image is one of my current favorites, and it is the result of allowing my ideas to be flexible. When I first had the idea for the image, I thought I wanted to be facing the camera and kind of hugging the cloud, representing dreams, close. I wanted my face at least somewhat covered by my hair and for it to to see a bit more…grasping? Clingy? I took several shots and I didn’t like them at all. I realized that the photo wanted to be more hopeful and uplifting, so I re-shot. That sounds a little strange, doesn’t it? Personifying the image and saying “the photo wanted…” as if it has agency. Maybe it is strange, but that’s exactly how I felt about this image!

As you may or may not remember (I didn’t make a big deal about it), I had an image published in Stubborn Magazine this fall. I met one of the magazine’s founders at Promoting Passion and it’s been amazing to watch the publication grown! She’s been able to quit her ‘day job’ since the conference and now focuses on photography and the magazine. How cool is that? Stubborn Magazine offers both print and digital versions, and they publish photographers with solid work who fit the theme, regardless of ‘popularity,’ equipment, experience level, etc. If you’re a photographer, I highly recommend you check our their website! If you enjoy creative photography, and I assume you do since you’re reading this post, please stop by to visit Stubborn Magazine on Instagram or on Facebook. Anyway, I’m getting off track! While I was editing this image, they announced the January theme is “dreams.” I submitted this image and was accepted – yay! At the time of writing, the January Stubborn Mag issue hasn’t been released yet, but I can’t wait to see it. =)

As usual, Cherish your Dreams, is a composite. I shot it in front of my trusty grey sheet in our living room/dining room area. It’s comprised of two main shots and added clouds/textures.


Normally having part of what I was holding cut off, like in the shot above, would be a problem, but I was already adding on to the cloud/had other shots of the same fluff to stick a little extra on without difficulty!


I’ve started shooting vertically whenever possible, even “on location,” and then I expand the frame to make the overall image square. By shooting so I fill the frame then, essentially, creating a panorama, I end up with a much larger image size than I would if I took one shot and cropped down to a square. Why does that matter? A larger image size means you can print larger and on more interesting things! Even though I use a full frame camera, the standard image size is only large enough for some of the product choices on Society6 (and other POD sites). {{Incidentally, if you want to see this image on Society6 products you can do so right here!}} Expanding the frame = larger image = more print options.

I’m hoping/trying to create a video showing my shooting process for an upcoming Friday post. It should be fun if I can get it to work out! In the mean time, please let me know if you have any questions about how I create. I’d also love to hear your feedback on this piece and learn about your interpretation of it!

I hope you’ve had a great first week of 2017. =)

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  • Pamela Baker January 6, 2017, 13:23

    I thought I had missed some of your beautiful Friday “photoshares”. I love how you explain the process behind the complete photo; although I do admit it takes some of the magical realism!
    I think your timing is perfect though as you are looking into the illumination of the cloud you are holding. No one really knows what the clouds may hold, therefore none of us know what 2017 may hold in store for us – so as we float on clouds, we are hopefully that what we hold may open up a new world for us.

    • Natashalh January 7, 2017, 09:49

      What a beautiful way of explaining the image! I love hearing your interpretations of my work. =)

  • Cynthia January 7, 2017, 05:37

    How exciting! Congrats on the feature and can’t wait to see it published. this is a great photo and always enjoy hearing how you create these!

    • Natashalh January 7, 2017, 21:48

      Thank you!! I’m super excited to see the issue, too. =)

  • Lana January 8, 2017, 06:09

    so cool… I’m so glad you posted this process photo… I been wondering about how are you doing it for as long as you started posted them on IG. You are a smart, talented and absolutely beautiful girl!!! best wishes for 2017 and hope all your dreams come true!!! L.

    • Natashalh January 8, 2017, 09:05

      Hey, lady!! Thank you so much. I hope you have a fabulous 2017, too! I love seeing your paintings on IG and FB. =)

  • Julie January 11, 2017, 23:23

    I love this! When I have more time on my hands, I’m going to read these more carefully and learn from you..! Love your creativity, Natasha!

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