Have you seen the new app Google Arts and Culture? Celebrities and TV personalities have been showing off their selfies next to famous museum paintings of their likeness. The app compares your selfie to thousands of museum paintings and comes up with your best matches. Here's mine: Yikes! This chick is clearly 'having a day.'
This also reminds me of Snap Chat. As of June 2016 150 million people use it everyday according to Bloomberg! There's also one of my favorites, Brushstroke.
I was thinking about how fascinated we are with seeing ourselves in different ways. "What do you look like as a Gopher?" Snapchat offers you the answer on Groundhog Day. What will I look like if someone made a painting of my face? What do I look like if I try on a big red floppy hat? Will it be "so me" or will I not identify with that image of me at all.
I realized these are all micro transformative experiences, fun and playful. Transformative experiences is pretty much what I do as a portrait photographer. I'd like to think of it as a little more than micro though, sometimes seeing yourself in a way you never have before can be soul shifting. It's a process of, what would I look like in a photograph if I had my dream hairstyle, makeup and my dream outfit on?
Sometimes that vision for women is wearing a tank top and jeans with their curly hair just a bit more polished than usual and minimal makeup. Sometimes that vision of 'what do I look like' comes in the form of a rental dream gown and big flowing hair.
What would you look like in your own Vanity Fair style portrait? What would you look like if someone caught that big beautiful smile with glowing backlight you just know you have but have yet to see in a photograph?
I'd like to think I have these answers up my sleeve for you. I know what beautiful looks like, I can see yours, and I can capture it. (It's not lost on me the hilarity of this statement with the above images, haha)