“Portrait shmortrait. All my portraits look the same, why do I want to have another one done?”
I have written on this blog before about how often it is recommended that people get their portraits done in the articles “Has Your Company Lost Its Face,” “Putting Your Best Face Forward,” and many others. But that seems almost like useless information if each time you get a new portrait it looks just like the last one. That can happen if you go to a place that is creating images en masse and all they focus on is bulk; lots of people with a simple formula that gives consistent results every time.
The last time I looked 99% of the people I meet are multi-faceted, unique individuals who have a lot to who they are and how they look. How can one cookie cutter approach capture those complexities in one image? Simply put, it can’t. To be honest, it shouldn’t. To capture more of who you are the people you work with should understand that there are parts of you that are hidden and others that are out there for the world to see. Perhaps you don’t want those hidden parts captured, not a problem. At the same time you aren’t a light switch – you don’t go from one extreme to the other. Well, most of you don’t. 😉
A good photographer is going to work with you and get to know you. We are going to take the time to realize which parts of your personality you want to express and we will strive to capture them. That usually can’t be done in a single image or by using one background. This is where the creativity and experience of a good photographer comes in.
In the images here my subject, Lauren, wanted to get a few different looks all in one session. Although I had only spoken to her on a couple of occasions I was able to learn enough about her to know that she has a soft side to her as well as a side of mystery. For me as a creative, this just made the shoot even more fun!
When she arrived at the studio she was nervous but not terribly so. We had some coffee and talked and I took the time to make sure she was comfortable. I told her some of the ideas that I had in regards to backgrounds and spaces throughout the building that we could use if she was comfortable with it. She was and the resulting shoot produced some images that she really liked. In fact I believe her response was, “LOVE THESE!” That is a reaction I like to get.
The images here are just a couple of the final images that Lauren received. I think that these images show more than one side to Lauren’s personality and I am willing to bet she has a few more inside her.
So how many sides of your personality do you want to show? Are you ready to get creative with me and how many we can bring out?