The thing about portraits is that it seems like an easy thing to take a picture of a person. Sometimes it seems so easy that I feel silly working so hard at it. But then I remind myself that it might be the hardest thing.
Why so hard you ask? Well, I'm not just trying to take any old picture. I want to show their beauty and their strength. I want to show the truth, how far they have come, who they are.... and I want to do the impossible. I want to show the future them- the person they don't even know yet- peaking out from behind their eyes.
Basically, I want to click the shutter and capture their face at the exact moment where it is telling the whole of their story.
I want to do the impossible.
I recently had the privilege of photographing my dear friend Cori at Golden Gardens. It was early in spring so we were not sharing the beach with every other human in our darling city like one does in summer. It was sunset and beautiful and pink and purple magic everywhere. We walked to the edge of the water talking the whole way about where we had been. Nostalgic and dreamy, we built a fire up on the sand and staying in that perfect moment until the last light fled from the sky above.
In the 7 years I have known and loved Cori she has transformed into a woman deeply rooted in herself. She knows who she is and she loves herself. It was her strength that drew me seven years ago (and her sexy shoulders) and it is those same things that draw me today.
Enjoy internet friends - and get excited - I've been doing more of these portrait/headshot/one on one sessions so I've got a couple lined up for you.