Being a Portrait Photographer doesn’t require a degree or certificate. Anyone with a camera can start taking clients. Awards and accreditation are an incredible way to get feedback from fellow photographers and for potential clients to see that I am working at a professional standard.
Today I am wishing my mom a HUGE Happy Birthday as she celebrates sixty! The portraits I took for her in April of this year are the only portraits I have of her and with every year that passes, they will become more important to me.
I get asked from time to time what someone would possibly do with portraits of themselves but a portrait is so much more than just a photo. The session itself is an empowering experience. Being seen requires vulnerability and collaboration. The portraits you receive in print are a legacy for yourself and for your family. They tell a story of this one moment in your life. No one I know has ever wished for fewer photos of their loved ones.
When was the last time you had your professional portrait taken?
I met Kalina years ago in college. We danced together briefly, then I graduated and moved away from our hometown. Several years later, she ended up in Chicago like me and we reconnected. She is a kindred spirit, a beautiful dancer, and a wonderful friend.
I knew that she was the kind of person who would be willing to get creative with me in the studio.
One of my favorite things about getting people in front of my camera is noticing all of the special details that make them unique. When you eliminate the distractions of our everyday surroundings, you notice just how blue someone's eyes are or the way their hair catches the light. You notice things that you never noticed before.
We interact with people every day, but we don’t often see them.
I knew that I wanted to bring out all of Kalina's beautiful golden features so I asked her to bring all of the warm neutrals that she had. My favorite item she brought was this long piece of gold tulle. I wrapped her up and then we just started to play.
We moved through poses and I had her improvise. Together, we made some beautiful dance style portraits and I can’t wait to get her in front of my camera again!