What is the most important factor in every portrait session? Perfect light? Top of the line equipment? A stunning location? No, no, and no. It’s having a great connection with the subject. Why? When we’re comfortable and relaxed everything flows naturally. The poses and smiles are authentic. We’re able to share ideas and work together. I’m able to see and capture who they are. And, most of all, it’s fun!Read More
Recently Mike called me for an updated headshot for his professional profile and social media. We had good chat about his background. It helped me get to know Mike better and visualize the type of portrait that would capture his personality and image. I found out he has a foot in two different but complementary areas: he’s an information technology professional and a professor. We needed a shot for both areas of his career. Right away I knew the situation called for an environmental portrait.
Sometimes I come up with excuses not to shoot, like I don’t have time or I’m not feeling inspired, and sometimes a great shooting opportunity is right under my nose but my mind is somewhere else. This is a story of how I almost missed a unique shooting opportunity. And why I’m happy I didn’t.