What started as a way to merely showcase my photography and show off my travels has evolved over the years. I used to be all about shooting landscapes, sports, and sunsets (which will always inspire me), but I’ve transitioned to shooting people a lot more. Taking portraits is HARD…and I’ve learned that a big part of that is how I, as a photographer, make someone FEEL when they have a big old camera in their face. How do I put them at ease when their natural tendency is to tense-up and try to look perfect? I don’t interact with mountains and ridge lines in that manner….so it’s a whole new challenge, and a worthy one at that. Exterior beauty and enticing aesthetics will always be fun to shoot, but how can I capture what’s on the inside? How can I draw out inner beauty? How can I help my subject see themselves in a way that bolsters their self-esteem? When they see a photo of themselves, I want them to think, “Wow…that’s me?? I like the way I look, but I love the way I felt in that moment.”
What’s even more of challenge is combining all those elements into one frame: capturing both the power of a landscape while showcasing someone’s individuality & personality simultaneously. The other day I had a chance to try just that…and holy shit was it a blast. Rolled out to the Bonneville Salt Flats with two new friends who happen to not only be beautiful blondes on the outside but even prettier people on the inside. I love everything about these photos; the light, the setting, the ridiculousness of all the posing and outfit changes, the fact that yoga is now a preferred outdoor activity, and the way shooting these lovely ladies made me feel. Additionally, they snapped a few shots that helped me view myself in a whole new light. I’m bashful in front of a camera and have a critical eye, so I feel like I rarely see shots of myself that I love….much less doing a freaking yoga pose. But when I saw myself, I liked not only how my exterior body looked, but also what it reflected about how I felt on the inside. I feel very aligned in my life right now, and that comes through in these photos. I have a hunch that when my friends saw the pics of themselves, they felt the same way.
People are beautiful…just as they are. I want to focus on that; pun intended.
oh…and less is still more.