LOOKSLIKEFILM brings you another Before & After - this week with the übertalented Tom Saimon - now with double the awesomeness. Check it out, guys! Yeah, no . . . seriously.
Tom! By what artists/creatives are you influenced? What inspires you?
I am most influenced by one specific artist, Dave Hill. His work, to me, always seemed impossible to create so keeping his posing and post production techniques in mind always helped me shape my images to what they are. Another huge influence are my photographer friends that work with me out in the field. Being surrounded by creative people helps get my ideas across in my images and keeps workflow consistent and always interesting.
Do you have a vision in mind before going out and shooting? Tell us about about your workflow and how the vision comes to life before shooting and in post.
I always have a vision in mind before going out and shooting. The process I go through before I get out in the field is just as important as when I’m out shooting, or during post production. From planning a location, to the time of day I want to be shooting at, the model, the equipment I need to bring, the style I want to portray, etc. Once we get to the location and it is time to shoot, ideas may be changed when I have to adapt to actually being out in the field. And post production you can never really plan until you have the images in front of you. It is my favorite part of the whole process, to create the final product after all the pre-planning that went into the shoot.
The location was the start of the whole concept behind the shoot. It was taken at a vineyard which, for me, has an endless amount of possibilities. From the light at all times of the day, to the model, everything worked together perfectly. Working with other creative people on shoots make work flow and ideas come together.