Portraits are about people. Environmental portraits are about people and what they do with their lives. They are about the kind of house a person lives in, the type of place that they work, or surrounded by the things that they love to do. Portraits tell us a story about the person, helps us to understand the subject a little bit better. The aim of a portrait is to capture the personality of its subjects. Whether artistic, clinical or even cynical in nature, the use for portraits is wide ranging from personal to marketing, and every thing in-between . Portraits are often commissioned for special occasions such as weddings, engagements, school events or commercial purposes such editorials, publication pieces, even simple headshots.
The moment a portrait session is booked, the creative process begins. A discovery conversation will illuminate goals, artistic direction and overall design of the shoot. During this call we’ll discuss any creative ideas you have, location possibilities, as well as anything else you might want to cover. This conversation will open up a dialogue that will give you the opportunity to articulate your vision. Working together, we will craft a firm understanding of what you hope to achieve and allow us to put the necessary pieces in place.
Once we have a solid vision, I will work with you to pull together the necessary styling to bring your vision to fruition. I love the opportunity to be as involved as you wish during this step in the process. Whether its erecting an entire set for a session or simply styling oneself, I am happy to be as hands on, or off, as needed. Likewise, some ideas are bigger than others and require additional vendors to create. I can leverage my relationships to act as liaison to bring on the necessary teams.
The last step in the process is the shoot itself. With creative direction in hand and a chosen shoot date, I will work to secure the necessary location for the session. Once on set, the magic can flow. During the shoot, I will work to calm any nerves, allowing your personality to shine through. After the session, I will get to work editing the images, ultimately delivering you a digital gallery of gorgeous imagery where you will be able to download the files as well as order any printed needs that you might have.
The upside is, we discover a little more about you and who you are inside.
To observe is to capture an image in one’s mind that illuminates what others might not see. To photograph is to document a moment, an intricacy, that allows us to discern something about the subject without ever speaking. It is through this process that we move to understand one another, who we are, why we do, and perhaps even what we hope. There is a beauty to know a bit about someone without ever sharing a word, much like nodding hello to a stranger as you walk down a street.
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