Master and Commander – Calgary Concept Photography

I was recently invited to be apart of a small group of photographers committed to shooting one concept a month over the course of four months.  We have to post our concepts at the beginning of the month, progress throughout the month and by mid month we have to have an image ready for critique by the group.  If any of you have ever shot a concept, it’s a pretty intense schedule and I have all my planned out as I have found getting the props and locations and models to be half the battle.

This is the second one I have done; I will post the first one at a later date, but I wanted to share this one first. I have titled this one “Master and Commander”, as I drew my visual inspiration from this movie, in terms of setting the time period.  More than anything, I wanted to protray how children effortlessly turn their reality into fantasy through a use of their vivid imaginations.  The tub grounds the picture firmly into reality, but as the child gets deeper into their game, reality fades into imagination.

I would love this picture to serve as personal inspiration never to let go of that child-like wonder and ability to draw from my imagination to make my own reality come true…and to capture the essence of the quote below….

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

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I hope you enjoy this new series as much as I have making it:). I would love to be able to offer these types of concept shoots as commissioned portraits, so let me know if you have an interest in them!

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