Shutting down

As much as I love to capture memories, I need to scale back my life and return to a hobbyist photographer for a while. It’s been great fun, but the time has come to focus on education and family. For the next 5 years or so, I will be working on a PhD, and that will be my primary focus. I leave you with a few of my favorites.

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

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More from my South Carolina holiday:

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Seabrook Island, South Carolina.

Carving Tree Collection from Greater than Gatsby:
Rich edit color base
Painterly Rich (soft light) x2
Champagne 100%
Miami, My Amy 10%
Brooklyn Theater Fire 24%
Blinding Fire scale 21% centered over the sun

Textures and most elements are from my own photos, but a few of the steam-punk elements are from Belhina at DigiDesignResort

Text fonts: Philadelphia Initials, Goudy Old Style.

The Purpose of the Portrait

Is it possible for a photographic portrait to reveal anything ‘real’ about you or someone else?

I am currently in graduate school and one of my professors included this question in a blog post. The context is for an experiment using “selfies” in literary exploration, but it got me thinking about the stories I want to tell about my clients in their portrait sessions.

I take all kinds of pictures: families, head shots, senior portraits, weddings, and events. My favorite shots are usually the ones between the poses. That’s when I capture moments, personalities, and a slice of life. Smiles are genuine, eyes sparkle, and there is a reality to them that makes them special.

What story do these portraits tell?

Class of 2014

Class of 2014

I captured this soft expression when I asked her about  a memory. She was a little wistful and thoughtful as she considered the question. A reserved personality anyway, this captured something of her essence.

Glamour

Glamour

This was just a fun photo shoot all around. We took a drive up to Rome, GA where a friend has a vintage store. We borrowed this fabulous dress and walked around the historic downtown taking pictures. This Old Hollywood Glamour shot is still her Facebook profile picture.

Authority

Authority

This shot was for a campaign profile. The lighting and the municipal buildings in the background add to the element of authority and the straight on angle with a smile shows both approachability and integrity.

references:

Rish, Ryan. http://ryanrish.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/figured-worlds/