If you visit our studio and take a look at our desks, the first thing you notice (well, maybe the second after my mess of latte cups and receipts) are stacks and stacks of white copy paper covered in sketches. Sketching, physically putting pen to paper, is one of the first and most important steps for us when it comes to creating a photograph. Not a day goes by that we don’t sketch something. Sketches are the way we pitch ideas, think through composition, problem solve construction, and explain to each other the visions in our head. The sketches can be very detailed, or just a couple of lose marks. We have learned to interpret each other’s sketches and no matter how quick or how detailed they are, they become the road maps we use to get to a final image.
As a way to share our process we’ve created a new section of our portfolio we will be adding to periodically called “It starts with a sketch”. Below are a few images from that new section, the rest of the sketch/image pairings can be seen here.