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Using Intuition In My Photographic Art


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Intuition is a natural and instinctive ability that allows us to understand or know something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning or logical analysis. It is often described as a "gut feeling" or a sense of knowing that arises without any logical explanation. Intuition operates on a deeper level of awareness, drawing from our past experiences, knowledge, and subconscious mind.



Intuition can manifest in various ways, such as sudden insights, hunches, a “gut feeling”, or a strong inner knowing. It can guide us in making decisions, solving problems, and navigating through life's challenges. It is believed to tap into a deeper wisdom beyond our conscious thoughts, providing us with valuable information and guidance.


Developing and trusting our intuition requires practice and self-awareness. It involves tuning into our inner voice, learning to recognize and interpret the subtle signals and cues our intuition provides, and being open to its guidance. By taking time to meditate, we can hone our intuitive abilities, gain deeper insights, make more aligned decisions, and cultivate a greater sense of self-trust and confidence in our choices.


My intuitive approach begins even before the photo session begins. I take the time to connect with my clients, getting to know them on a personal level, and understanding their stories, passions, and aspirations. This initial connection allows me to establish a sense of trust and comfort, creating a safe and supportive environment for my subjects to express themselves authentically.


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Some photographers choose to pre-plan every aspect of a session. Instead, I rely on my intuition to organically guide the direction of each portrait. I observe my subjects, noting their body language, subtle gestures, and the play of emotions across their faces. I recognize the right moments to capture, immortalizing fleeting expressions and emotions that reveal the essence of my clients.


Drawing inspiration from the old master painters, I skillfully employ composition, lighting, and styling to create a visual narrative that embodies the spirit of my subjects. My eye guides me in the selection of props, backdrops, and wardrobe, carefully considering the elements that contribute to the overall atmosphere and emotional impact of the portrait.



In the post-processing stage, my intuition continues to play a vital role. As I carefully select and edit the final images, I listen to my inner voice, seeking to enhance the depth and emotion captured in each photograph. I skillfully balance tonal qualities, add subtle textures, and employ meticulous attention to detail to create a painterly effect that echoes the artistic traditions I admire. This intuitive and artistic touch transforms my portraits into visual masterpieces, imbued with an ethereal quality that defies the constraints of time.


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Through my unique approach, I create portraits that are not mere photographs, but windows into the souls of my subjects. With my ability to connect, observe, and translate emotions into visual storytelling, I capture moments of vulnerability, strength, and beauty that stand the test of time. My clients are left with cherished heirlooms, portraits that reflect their unique essence and become timeless reminders of their journey, forever treasured and admired.



In the realm of fine art portrait photography, my ultimate goal is to provide an extraordinary experience for my subjects that goes beyond capturing beautiful images. When you choose to embark on a fine art photography session with me, you can expect a journey of self-discovery and creative collaboration. Together, we will weave a tapestry of emotions, stories, and artistic vision, resulting in timeless and captivating portraits that reflect your unique essence. I invite you to step into the world of fine art photography with me, where your story will be transformed into a work of art, cherished for generations to come. Contact Barbara MacFerrin Photography in Boulder, Colorado for information about a customized fine art photography experience that will leave you feeling confident, inspired and empowered.


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