Fight or Flight
My intention for this image was to create a scene in which you can't quite tell whether the character is fleeing from this explosion or perhaps he is controlling the fire and using it in some sort of epic battle.
The Elemental Line
This is my friend Molly. She happens to be a fantastic makeup artist and what do you know - she doubles as a model. You can see some before and after's as well as read about some compositing tips and tricks used to make this image over on my blog!
Dogs From Space
This my delightful doggie companion Gilmour! I needed a subject for a lighting test and as per usual he was sitting right next to me so I plopped him onto a stool and snapped some pictures. This is what became of them.... I hope to make more silly movie posters with him at some point! :)
Read all about how I made this image over on my blog!
This image is very near and dear to my heart. It's a piece I collaborated on with my former boss/mentor/inspiration/and very good friend Bill Simone who passed away shortly after we created this together. I miss him every day and I'm so glad to have been able to learn from and work with such a wonderful person. The EPIC costume was created by Liza James!
Create Your Own Luck
This is my AMAZING friend Liza! She is a costume designer/ model/ did her own hair and makeup/ is just an all around good person. This picture was taken using just one regular house hold lightbulb, and as usualy lots of photoshop magic! Check out more of Liza's work!
The Thread of Life
I finally had some free time to create something and was faced with the delightful challenge of having no one to take pictures of, and no idea what I wanted to create. As per usual I wandered down to the prop room to see what inspired me. I found a HUGE tub of bull ropes and decided to create a self portrait using them. I eventualy settled on portraying the idea of "the thread of life" as a very literal take on the Greek myth of "the fate sisters." You can read more about it and see some behind the scenes images on my blog.
I didn't intend for it while I was shooting, but I think it came out very "Jedi." I saw my friend Kelley wearing this coat and informed her I was going to shoot her in it! She is a very talented makeup artist so I told her simply "gold" and this is what she did!
This was another super fun collaboration I did with Liza! You can read all about it on my blog.
For a while I've had this idea for a villain character that controls a swarm of birds. I had always pictured it with crows, but then I realized I'd seen pictures sort of like that before and I already had a library of seagull pictures I took at the beach. Why couldn't the birds be seagulls? Oh and this lovely lady is Sara, my bride to be! <3 Hair and makeup artfully achieved by the extremely talented Kelsey!
The Three of Life
I was inspired by the idea of the tree of life and just went from there. I won't lie this was slightly inspired by Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain." He is one of my favorite directors, his work is SO inspiring! I really enjoyed playing with the themes of heaven and hell, life and death and how he is floating somewhere in-between.
I really wanted to do an image that showed a woman running scared but we are not sure why or from what. My amazing model had the idea that the character could be Batman's mother running from the Joker. I thought that would be interesting, so I pulled some inspiration from that while bringing this image to life. It also helped that she had this AMAZING COAT! Hair and Makeup was done by my fantastically wonderful friend Kelsey Olafson!
The White Queen
I was looking at my portfolio and realized that almost all of my work was dark and vignetted. I guess that's my style which is all fine with me, but I don't like to stay in any box I don't have too. So I decided for my next piece that I wanted to branch out from my normal look and do something with LOTS of white. So the idea of creating "The White Queen" came to mind and I went to work setting it up! This is my friend Jordan who is also a photographer.
So basically it comes down to this, we have an immense prop room at the studio where I work. I came across this hazmat suit...need I say more!? I was so excited, it had the mask, boots and everything...(well not entirely everything, the gloves are from under my sink). For whatever reason this idea came to mind where a character is about to grab some sort of nuclear orb. I'm not sure whether he is supposed to be under water or in space....either way I like how it represents our search for something beautiful in life. Perhaps its dangerous, and we might get hurt, but we only live once so we have to strive to fill our lives with what makes us happy.
This is my friend Charlotte! A while ago I went to an aquarium and took tons of pictures of fish. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them, so they sat on a hard drive for most of a year. Then I had this idea! This image won for best photo montage at the 2013 Vegas Guru Awards. You can read all about it here!
Sometimes plans drastically change. I took this picture and held a couple red feathers at all different angles off the back of her head intending to create some sort of head dress in post. After a long while of working on it, I felt like they looked to fake, placed, and distracting so I scrapped it. I started over working with a picture I took of a bunch of broken glass in an ally and this is where I ended up. Sometimes you just have to waste several hours on an image and start all over for it to arrive where it needs to be.
The Storm Summoner
I took a ton of pictures of clouds out the window of the plane on my way to Photoshop World in Vegas last year, with the full intention of doing some sort of an image like this. I finally settled on an idea to use one of them to create an image of some sort of storm creating super hero...or villain I guess.
This image won the 2013 Las Vegas Guru awards as the Photoshop World Conference and Expo. You can read all about it here!
These are some of Robert Cornelius's select works of art. All of these photos are portraits portraying some sort of character and are doing their best to tell a story. Many of the images are self portraits.