Julieanne, Kevin and I spent an hour in their back garden in early December creating a series of portraits to give as a gift to Kevin’s parents. In the mix was an overcast day, temperatures as close to zero as we have got so far this winter, and two people who both proclaimed that they hate having their photo taken – one a self-confessed ‘grimacer’… yikes! I love a challenge, and part of what fascinates me about portrait photography is finding ways to elicit different expressions on the faces I am photographing – just as an example, if you ask someone about work, they will generally look serious, and stare into the distance for a moment whilst they think – perfect for the ‘thoughtful professional’ headshot. I’m nervous too, at the beginning of every shoot I do, and I love the process of sensing everyone relax as we embark on a creative journey together. I think playfulness is key to portrait photography, and an advantage of working with couples, friends and families, as opposed to individuals, is that they already know each other really well; this means you can use the existing dynamics to get some fun photos, which are full of feeling, warmth and intimacy. It is a lovely job I do, being, in a sense, invited into people’s lives and relationships as an observer for an hour, and it is always a buzz to come up with some beautiful portraits in return. Thanks to Julieanne and Kevin for the hour of photographic fun. What follow, as always, are a few of my favourites.
|Julieanne & Kevin|
|Merlyn the cat plays ball – very briefly|
|The couple’s favourite|