When I meet with my clients, my goal is not just to hammer out the details of their sessions like I say we will. It’s to figure out who they are as a person in an effort to photograph them in a way that best represent that. Portraits should tell a story, in my opinion and style.
This is my friend Dee Suberla, we were initally strangers. She contacted me requesting head shots for her new book on project management. I set up our consultation and met her at a local Starbucks.
I did some research on her, looked at her Linked-In profile. Her image said a few things about her. To me, based on my judgements, she was shy. She seemed reserved and almost insecure. She seems like she might be picky about how I photograph her. And I was expecting a dry meeting, one I’d have to spice up to get anything about herself to complete my creative process of photographing her to my fullest story telling ability.
My consultations last between thirty to an hour long. Ours lasted two and a half hours long. She was not even close to the person I thought her to be. She was smiling, outgoing, quirky, artistic, funny, laid back, and just an all around great person to spend two and half hours talking to as a complete stranger. I genuinely enjoy every minute.
Images should tell a story, tell who a person is. I was convinced ten minutes into the consultation to tell Dee’s story with this image.
Dee is an author, a wife, a photographer, an entrepreneur, an artist, and a business women. She is interesting, and as the time went by I learned that she has even more hats than those mentioned above.
That Linked-In image did not show any of these things. I believe that this image above does. It shows a laughing, professional, beautiful, confident, beaming women. Happy with where she is going in her life. Happy to be here.
Thank you for sending me that email Dee, I’m so happy to know you! I am extremely excited to take a day off and shoot the suburban landscapes with you as well.