It's been a long winter. I have had a lot of time to think about the direction I want to take my photography and I want to focus on taking my portraits to the next level. The thing is, I need subjects. But let's not call them subjects, because they are people.
Take Laura Lewis for example. She was a part of the creative team for my photo shoot with Maggie Miller, and did some spectacular styling work. I wanted to get a portrait of her, in her studio. In her element. So we booked it.
Laura was amazing to work with; she's creative, stylish and just a lot of fun to be around. At her salon, Eco Chic on Brenton Street she settled in and got comfortable in front of the camera, and we were in and out in a pretty short time. Thankfully the salon was actually closed down for the day so we had it all to ourselves. Days like these make photography easy.
What happened next was a bit unexpected. I loved every part of the shoot from start to finished edit, and I felt completely in the right place, doing the right thing. Maybe it's because I spent time shooting quick environmental portraits for the Brunswickan (University school paper), but I loved the interaction, story telling and showing someone in beautiful light. Don't get me wrong, I love doing fashion shoots and going off the wall crazy with props and things flying through the air, but getting an effective, simple and honest portrait is something that really makes me feel complete.
So the next step for me is to keep working on this kind of portrait. I want to capture people living, doing what they feel comfortable doing. If they're a chef, a submarine captain, a graphic designer, a home-maker, a branding specialist, a financial advisor or anything at all, I want to take their picture while they're in their element, because I will be in mine.