I find complete joy in capturing portraits of the people in my life. Having the ability to steal a moment in time through a photograph is the most amazing experience. Capturing people’s stories, personalities, imperfections, and beauty is why I love the art of photography. Pictured below are some of my most favorite portraits I have created. These photos feature people who I am close to and some I got to know through photographing them.
Once I began to learn about photography, I was introduced to many amazing photographers who have influenced the art world in so many ways. Sally Mann was the first photographer to really catch my eye. Her captivating portraits of her young children were what struck my interest. Her photos were carefully set up and beautifully crafted through film and the darkroom. After seeing her photos, that’s when I knew I wanted to pursue portrait photography.
While I love the process of capturing landscapes and architecture and so on, something about being able to see someones culture, beauty and story just by snapping a portrait of them is so special to me.I hope to always create meaningful work and run towards capturing those fleeting moments in life. My artistic goal is to inspire and be inspired by others. Taking portraits is a huge step forward towards that goal.
Some people argue that the digital world and the race to get the perfect shot takes away the beauty of being in the moment. The art of photography is a slow and steady process that takes concentration and mindfulness. Film photography requires many steps to getting the perfect shot. Finding the right aperture, shutter speed, angle, composition and focus is all a part of getting the perfect shot in the perfect moment.
In order to achieve the feeling of being in the moment, I feel capturing a beautiful moment in time through a lens is the best way to go about that. It’s all about the matter of preserving a special moment in time. In the photo pictured above, the pink flower is about to be in full bloom, and then eventually it will lose its color and die. The beauty of this photo is that the flower never loses its color or beauty. This particular moment in time where the flower is blooming and the colors are vibrant and alive are forever established through a lens and that’s magical.
Photographer, Diane Arbus was a professional when it came to capturing portraits of people living their day by day lives. This type of work is a huge inspiration to my own.
My artistic mission is to continue to capture small, beautiful moments in life that slip by too quickly. Preserving things that change and wither overtime is what’s so beautiful about photography. Being in the moment is such a universal practice because ‘Being In Moment’ can be found through other mediums. I will continue to chase these moments and be still through out them. Being in the moment can mean many different to many people but this is what it means to me: Making art out of the small things.