I am a relative newbie when it comes to photographing portraits, but with each click of the shutter, it is already clear to me why I love doing it. It’s not just about creating the most beautifully composed shot, or finding the most beautiful light. It’s really about connecting with my subject in a new way, one that is personal and revelatory for both subject and photographer.
When I was growing up, I was a pretty shy person. I was even voted “most shy” in my senior chorus class. It remained that way until I started a law practice in San Francisco, and was forced to meet tons of new people to grow my business. And you know, I grew to really love it. I used to read constantly, but now, I like to consider everyone I meet as a new “book.” Everyone has their own hopes, aspirations, fears, loves, joys, sadness—the permutations are endless. Through these conversations, I found that everyone has a story to tell, and that story should be heard. Everyone has their own inner and outer beauty. Everyone has dreams and aspirations. I also discovered that bringing those out was what I love doing best.
Photography, the way I like to practice it, is my favorite way to connect to people–to you. Before every portrait session, I prefer meeting an in-person meeting to learn about you, how you will use your imagery, and what you want to convey about yourself and your work in your photos. If you have any concerns, this is a great time to begin addressing them. It’s not always easy having your photograph taken, so I want to make it as fun and enjoyable an experience as possible. Not only that, I want to make sure that the images we produce together speak to you and your unique strengths and beauty.
The photographer-subject relationship for me is one of trust and acceptance, and I encourage that from the moment we first make contact.
If you are interested in creating images with me, contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!