Tim Skipper Photography | The Fine Art Portrait

The Fine Art Portrait

April 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

When I opened this site I wanted something that would be different from my normal body of work. I wanted something that would stand out and actually look as if a totally different person took the image. I had been studying and working behind the scene's for months experimenting with various ideas and creative procedures to develop a look that merged somewhere between a photograph and painting. I knew both artistically and business wise I didn't want what everyone else was doing. I wanted something surreal and beautiful. Over the next few months I will be adding more images to the gallery but as I have begun to find my voice in this style it will become more defined.

One mistake people make is thinking is that they assume I only use models for the images which is not true. Many of the images are with people who have no modeling or only a small amount of modeling experience. The fine art portrait is also available for private commission. If you were to request a fine art portrait the process would start by us sitting down to discuss ideas. I am looking for things you like such as movies, books, music, etc.. I am looking for the story that will best represent your dreams. 

Once we have a story in mind I then begin working on a series of sketches and diagrams that will form the basis of our photo shoot. With that in place we begin assembling the appropriate wardrobe. This most likely means scouring through thrift stores and sending out prop request online. I also begin collecting images for the background scene if needed. This may mean going to shoot the background or purchasing backgrounds if its something I cannot get to or it does not exist. If that fails then it is a matter of building the background either as a set or creating in a virtual environment. 

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On shoot day we prepare wardrobe, hair and make-up, and then begin the shooting process. As much of the image is created in post work it may seem a little strange. The initial process often times seems disorganized. This is because this style allows me to do things I couldn't do in my editorial work. Lights can be in the frame, as can other people as the final image is yet to be created. Also since the image is a fine art piece the final look is more fantasy than the work I do commercially. 

It is a fun and highly creative experience that I would like to invite you to join me on. If you would like to know more please feel free to contact me with questions.

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