Doing this shoot was like looking at my own reflection through the lens. Scrolling through the thumbnail images, I couldn’t believe how much resemblence I could see in my sister and myself!
Anyway, it was totally an honor to get to shoot some portraits of her! Here’s a sample…still editing, more to come later. I’m so excited about these! I had a ton of fun…plus I got to play with my new flash :]
It’s interesting to look back and evaluate, see how you’ve grown, where you’ve been. Exactly four years ago, I was taking some of my first pictures with a DSLR…at Lake Ellen. Here’s one of them that I like…reminds me of the serene beauty of that home away from home (and oh how I wish I could go back!!!). It’s not possible for me to describe all of the precious memories and adventures associated with this place, nor how life-changing my time there was. But…technically speaking, I am now noticing that this particular image should have been shot with a smaller aperture to better capture the sun, which is an overexposed ugly hot-spot on the image.
Finally, a successful attempt at slow-shutter-speed photography!! I’m really pleased with the results of these photos, and am excited to have finally had success in this area. For a while now, I’ve been quite interested in using slow shutters at night…but rarely come out with something I like! So, I just wanted to share these all with you…and enjoy this triumph!
Bought myself a new lens today, and I’m so excited about it! It’s got an amazing 1.8 f-stop, which is a nice new experience for me! Anyway, I’m excited to continue building my repertoire of lenses and equipment :]
While I had more fun on this shoot than most other shoots, it’s not my favorite…but I still thought I would share.
This work is inspired from Martin Schoeller’s collection of close-up portraits. I have recently found his work to be incredibly inspiring and motivating for me, which is what drove me to create my own series based off his work. I decided to use actors, performers, and artists as my models. I was curious as to what range of expression I might find within the faces of the subjects, while telling them all to give me a very serious and focused facial expression. Susan Sontag, in her book titled “Regarding the Pain of Others”, she says this: “The viewers…will marvel at the subtlety and range of the actor’s expressions” in reference to a series of photographs. This idea of a wide range of subtle details was a part of my inspiration behind the series. It’s fascinating to examine the photographs, and find the varying details in expression, gesture, and emotion.