So what makes me a people photographer?
Well...when I began my career after graduating from photography school, a little less than a decade ago, I started exploring many different genres of photography to see what really appealed to me. I already had a profound love for shooting and creating imagery, but I didn’t start feeling truly passionate about what I was shooting until I began interacting with people through photographing portraiture. I was instantly drawn to the power and intimacy present when connecting with the person whom I was shooting. And, I loved the excitement stemming from my ability to capture their personalities through my imagery ... who they were; what their background was; what they liked.
The more I shot, the more I came to love the interaction and the creative possibilities with the people I was engaged with. I became deeply focused on capturing people and seeking out the social interactions with my subjects. As I continued, I grew in my experience and I began to learn that to make vibrant and engaging portraits, I had to combine a cocktail of creative ingredients.
For me, it’s about developing a natural eye behind the camera; stirred with an understanding of how to manipulate light; shaken with a conceptually paired environment, and finally blended together with a connection between myself and the person in front of my camera. It is creating a balanced harmony between all of these creative ingredients; after all, without the perfect blend, the entire composition falls short.
I continue to challenge myself by believing in a career approach of constant and never ending improvement. Its through this approach that I continue to grow in experience from trying new techniques, ideas and concepts that ultimately opens the next door to what’s creatively possible. Every now and again friends will ask me, “What made you become a photographer?” And, that answer is simple: throughout my life photography has become a necessary defining tool in expressing myself and I cannot imagine being without that path in my life.
So, let’s collaborate....let’s build a relationship....let’s make some great imagery together!