– a love-hate relationship.
Even though I have been taking pictures most of my life, studio photography has never really appealed to me before. For some reason I have had a rather limited perception of studio photography, mostly associated it with commercial photography. Very clean, correct, technically good, but also kind of boring images.
It is only recently that I have got access to a real studio, with lights and props. It is very possible that my former aversion towards studio photography, had more to do with trying to convince myself that it was my choice not to work with that kind of photography, rather than based on financial limitations. No matter the reason, I have recently gotten the opportunity to focus more on studio photography. I must admit I am really enjoying myself.
Studio photography really just means that you shoot inside a studio. With this definition, it is difficult to really argue for or against it. It doesn’t have to be technically correct, stiff, or commercial. It doesn’t have to involve complicated lighting setups – unless you want it to, and think it is fun to play around with.
Shooting myself and shooting others
Most of my time in the studio is spend on various kinds of self-portraits. I find myself to be a very reliable model, always right there when I need me, always ready to act out my crazy ideas, and just very cooperative in general. Luckily, every now and then I also get the opportunity to shoot other people in the studio. Either as a cooperative experiment with other creative souls, or as a job if someone would like a personal portrait or maybe some professional photos of their children. Either way, I really enjoy the time spend in the studio, so much so that I will even go there to shoot on sunny days, which actually surprises myself a bit, the sun being such a rare commodity in this otherwise lovely little country.