My workflow for conceptual photos

I've been trying to get back into the routine of being productive and as a result I've been able to complete a lot of things on my to do list in a fairly short amount of time. Making a new conceptual photo was one of those things. I thought I'd use this opportunity to share my workflow with you guys. A conceptual photo is a completely different feeling for me than any other shoot, it requires a special approach. Let's get into it!

Usually there are two ways I come up with new ideas. One is when I get inspired by a prop, location or movie scene. Then it's usually a really quick process where something pops into my head. Those are usually really vague and I stay very flexible during the shoot. It all comes together in post production. This was not the case in this photo so I won't go into detail.

The second way usually happens is usually on those nights where I'm unable to sleep. Those are the nights when I'm thinking through all kinds of random things, and sometimes a photo idea pops up. This was also the case for the photo I released this week called "from the ground up." One night a couple of weeks ago I made this little sketch at 3am.


It took a couple of weeks for me to be able to go out and shoot because I'm commuting between my home and my student room in Brussels. There is no way I'd be able to shoot this in the city so I had to wait for a weekend without rain. That turned out to be a serious problem in Belgium. So there we were, three weeks later, ready to shoot. 

The shooting process was pretty easy since I had a good idea of what I wanted the final product to look like. When I'm out shooting a conceptual photo that needs heavy post production I look at it like a puzzle so I shot in a couple pieces. First of all the legs in the right position, the torso in the right position, then I had a blank sky shot and some extra shots of an even pathway to use as source for the twisted ground.

I thought the editing process would be difficult to explain so I did a screenrecording. Definitely check it out if you're interested in seeing that! 

When I started I wasn't sure if I'd be able to pull it off and it was a process of trial and error. I'm actually really pleased with the final image. I hope you enjoyed this peek into my shooting process. Thanks for checking out this post.