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Creative Portrait Loop - Prism | Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire Family and Small Business Photography

Around this time last year I wrote a blog post on how to cure a creative rut...

I shared my experience with the ‘malady’ of the season and my suggestions on how to actively combat the phenomena.

Well, my friends, this year I am in need of that blog post!

The mad season (autumn) left me feeling drained! It was amazing meeting all the families and serving them by delivering beautiful images to cherish and gift to their loved ones... it’s one of my most treasured feelings to hear the gratitude of people I photograph and that truly is uplifting.

However, physically, being ‘that’ busy was a challenge... and, naturally, little time was left for me to do any sort of personal projects or to shoot for myself...

But with a little help from my friends and drawing upon my own advice, I am embarking on a personal project to cure the blues and whip me back into a creative state!

Together with Bex, Leila, and Ann, we would like to invite you to enjoy our experimentation with some unusual tools applied to portraiture.

Let’s see where it all takes us!

To kick off the series we all took portraits with a prism - small, multi faceted piece of glass held closely to the lens.

When moved around and placed at different sides of the lens, this little sparker delivers varied effects.

My prism was a round kind - basically a faceted glass loop - and I used my 35mm lens to capture my creations.

I’ll be honest, I was so out of practice and shortage of daylight in this season really had me lagging!

But, as they say, appetite comes at dinner time and as soon as I started, I was unstoppable.

Editing was good fun too, I loved how doing something out of the ordinary (for me) meant that my editing could be a bit beyond the ‘norm’ too!

I loved the multitude of eyes created by the glass tool and the playful rainbows and streaks of reflections.

What do you think? Have you ever worked with a prism?

What is your approach to curing quietness of creativity - or do you just let it rest?

Be sure to check out the rest of our Creative Portraiture Loop until you come back to me - visit Bex Maini - Sussex Family Photographer - to see how she applied the magic to her portrait!


Chtefan. Photography is a family lifestyle portrait and commercial business photographer based in Laurencekirk, Aberdeen - Scotland.

I specialise in beautiful, natural photography of children and families and professional portraits, personal branding and headshots.

Chtefan. Photography covers the following areas: Montrose, Inverbervie, Arbroath, Ellon, Westhill, Banchory, greater Aberdeenshire and Angus regions and would be delighted to travel on both national and international assignments.

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These are amazing!! So wonderfully creative..!

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