I really love photographing people. The power of the still image is that it can freeze a moment in time, and with people, there are so many fleeting emotions, thoughts and feelings that the camera is so good at capturing. This particular frame was an outtake that I liked but wasn’t the shot we needed for the shoot; but it’s also my favorite because of the emotion expressed here.
This is Julie Miller, an event producer that we work with at our studio, and we were doing more straight forward headshots but as the flow of the shoot was going, something funny came up and when she was laughing I had to fire off the camera. This was shot with a softbox modeling light and I was hand-holding my camera using the 85mm 1.2 lens that’s so great for portraits.
When I went through the shots I found this one and decided to include it in the proofs I posted online just because of the great expression she had. It’s moments like these that I most like capturing and when you do a lot of PR or corporate work, you can get these types of shots a lot, although sometimes the clients don’t want to use them. But as a creative, I feel it’s our responsibility to include what we love, even when it’s not exactly what the clients like. It’s one reason we had a tag line at our studio of “pushing perspectives”.