Someone asked me recently why I photograph people. "Wouldn't it be easier to shoot flowers or landscapes?" she said.
Of course it would be easier! Landscapes don't talk back, refuse to pose, or have bad hair days. Flowers stay put. However, neither flowers nor landscapes twirl spontaneously in front of my camera, give hugs at the end of a shoot, or get teary when they see their images. For as challenging as it can be to photograph people, it's also an extremely rewarding experience. With each new client I want to not only reflect their personality, but also create an image that lets them see themselves in a new light.
For some, the idea of a professional portrait shoot conjures up thoughts of stiff poses, dark backdrops, and hot lights. When I rented my studio, I looked forward to shooting in a cozy barn with beautiful late afternoon sun or outside on the 14-acre farm. I had visions of incorporating a horse into a portrait, or posing someone under an ancient oak tree. I bought an inflatable mattress with the intention of using it for boudoir-style shots, and instead it turned into a bouncing play place the resulted in the picture of these adorable sisters. I know that many priceless images will be created in my studio--not because I'm an awesome photographer, but because I have a unique space where people can be comfortable, have fun, feel vulnerable, and know that I only want to give them something that they'll treasure.
I photograph people because no one is the same. Each shoot is as different as the person in front of my camera. From LinkedIn profile pictures to a family portrait for the grandparents to an album of sexy lingerie images for the new groom--every experience makes me a better photographer and enriches me as a person.
It is my hope that in my new studio, memories will be made and precious moments captured. I can't wait to see what the next few months bring!