A visible transformation takes place when you visit the beach where you spent your summers as a child or the camp where you vacationed in Maine with your grandparents, and that change is visible in your images. I have a few favorite local spots, but part of being a great photographer is being flexible, reacting to your needs and the places where you feel most connected to your inner self.
“Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy – your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.” – Annie Leibovitz
We begin with a pre-consultation. We will talk about you, who you are, places that have meaning and resonance with you, and about the spirit that you want to evoke through your pictures. For girls and — yes — for guys, we will discuss wardrobe. Your attire can make or break an image. The focus of our images should be on your face, your eyes and your expression.
Equipment matters. You are hiring a professional, and you have a right to expect professional equipment and professional results. When photographing in a natural setting, I can’t entirely control the environment, but neither do I surrender to it. Anyone can purchase a camera similar to mine (Nikon, all day, all the time), but you have to optimize what nature provides — specifically light and color — and supplement that with lighting, reflectors and lenses to ensure that your photograph is perfectly exposed and expertly composed. You don’t have to be a photographer to appreciate the difference. You will see it immediately. I travel with softboxes, tripods, reflectors, light meters and other equipment that allow me to master the conditions in which we will work. My images — your pictures — reflect that investment in equipment and technique.
Equipment, technique, location and wardrobe all matter. But they are all inconsequential if your personality is lost in translation. My principal area of expertise is humor. We will ENJOY working together.
“When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them.” – Annie Leibovitz
I never say “smile”, or “cheese”. I engage. We will talk about your life, your interests, your friends, your teachers, your pets and your family. I am looking for natural expressions that expose the real “you”. We will laugh, you will feel at home, and your images will reflect the real, unvarnished, un-retouched and natural you. You will be surprised how easy it is.