When I first started out in Photography I vowed with everything in my soul that I would NEVER do portraits. EVER! Just to be clear, I don’t mind doing them but I know what I like, and trying to capture what everyone else likes is harder than it sounds. Especially when these are the memories that they are going to have for the rest of their lives, hanging in their homes, offices, and what will be distributed online for the world to see. The fear of disappointing a customer is terrifying.
However, I think that as a photographer you have to try your hand at everything whether it’s your “niche” or not, whether you like it or not. Even if it makes you uncomfortable, you have to at least try. That is how we grow and learn as people, and especially as a photographer. So that’s exactly what I did.
This beautiful soul is my pride and joy, my Grandson, Zayden. He’s 9 going on 30, he’s full of life, attitude, he’s one of the funniest people I know and exactly what I need in my life to keep me on my toes. I have been wanting to do Zayden’s pictures myself for a VERY long time so after months of putting it off due to the “conditions not being right”, I decided to finally get them done.
HE wanted a serious and “moody” shoot. I told him to smile, laugh and have fun like he normally is, but he was having none of that! I chose the actual place for the pics and he chose the places to sit, with the correct background and the poses. Mark my words right now, if this child decides to go into photography, videography, cinematography or showbiz he is going to win some major awards. He is a natural!
My perfect little model.
One of my favorite looks for any pictures is a “Vintage” look, and I think it hit the mark perfectly. I also made these a little softer which is also not normal for my style of editing but it works so I went with it. I wanted bright pops of color, and I didn’t want them all to have the same look, which I think I executed nicely. The look might not be for everyone but that is the beauty of photography, it’s so diverse that you can flip the page and there’s another look that you may enjoy a little better. No look is right or wrong.
Boo to rules!
There’s a “rule” in photography that you are NEVER supposed to put a horizon or straight line through someone’s head. I did think about that when I was taking the pictures but as I stated earlier, he was in charge of this shoot. He was doing such an amazing job I didn’t want to ruin the moment. Also, rules are meant to be broken, so why not? These pictures are not perfect for everyone but they’re perfect for me, and that is what matters.