Some of Jaidev's first words to me were that he didn't smile, and he was right. If I had asked him to smile he would have stared blankly at the camera and his mother never would have received the amazing portraits she desired. I didn't ask him to smile though, I just asked him to be himself. After a few stupid jokes and actually taking the time to get to know him, his personality shone through. Photography isn't about having the best equipment or knowing the best way to light a subject. It's about connecting with people and allowing them to feel comfortable enough to be themselves. Judging from how much they liked their photos, I think that Jaidev and his mom would both agree.
Jaidev expressed a common sentiment when he arrived for his senior portrait session. He told me, "I don't smile." I remember being his age, and the uncertainty which came from being in front of the camera. There is something ubiquitous amongst teenage guys, they are never taught how to look good for photos.
Sam is an awesome young man who I had the privilege of photographing. He shared a common mistrust of cameras as I have found many high school senior aged young men do. As you can see from the photos, Sam overcame his mistrust and had a great time taking his senior portraits!
When he first pulled up on location, I asked him if he was excited to have his senior portraits taken. He was very honest in admitting that he was only really getting them done in order to make his mom happy. I remember feeling the same way as a senior in high school. The last thing on my mind was primping and showing up to get my photo taken, and I absolutely understand Sam's perspective.
Newborn sessions are so much fun! I love to capture the first days and weeks of a child's life so that the moments can be cherished forever. Baby Ezra is as cute as can be, and we took some amazing newborn portraits!
As my website is my primary means of displaying my portraiture, I have focused my Instagram account mainly around expression. Though you may find portraiture from time to time, I feel that generating a variety of content is important to staying fresh as a photographer. The drive to take new and compelling photos should never be stifled, and Instagram is the perfect outlet!
AnnaBelle is a senior at Oak Harbor High School. She is an accomplished athlete, and an outstanding student. I had the privilege of taking her senior portraits at two different locations, both in Oak Harbor as well as Mount Vernon. We had a blast shooting some fashionista photos in the back streets of Old Town Mount Vernon on a rainy day!
I am very proud to announce that this month my portrait was featured as the first place winner for Faces of Main Street. This was a great opportunity for exposure for both me, and Willow Steel! Please feel free to check out the winning submission, and the great work that they are doing over at Faces of Main Street:
Enter the Manfrotto 237HD Flex Arm. I was perusing Amazon one day and stumbled on the description for this product. It is marketed as an accessory for their "SuperClamp" system. Just looking at it blew my mind. How come I had never seen another photographer use one of these things!? All you would have to do is point the light where you want it. You could point it anywhere!
I was asked to shoot some pictures for a detox facility in Seattle Washington. They were preparing a presentation for their parent company, and wanted professional photos detailing their typical work night. I grossly underestimated what consisted of a typical work night for this facility.