Personality Galore

When taking portraits, I’m known for pushing people just a little more than they might be used to. In some cases, the person I’m photographing vamps it up even more than I could have expected (as if they were a model in a previous life). In some cases, the result is a portrait that is way different than anything they ever had taken of them before – definitely NOT the same as a snapshot from their pocket digital camera. But in any case, I have LOVED photographing individuals to bring out the best in them, or a side of their personality that they just want to show off.

Below is a sampling of some of my very favorite portraits from 2011. Some of these are “head shots.” Others are simply personality shots.

Think this is something you’d like to try? Let me know – I’d be thrilled to talk to you more about the possibilities.


Look Who’s Blogging

Welcome to my blog. I can’t claim this will be the wittiest blog in the world. But that’s not why you came here, now is it? You came for the pictures. And that’s just what I plan to deliver. But first, a little about myself.

I started photography as a hobby in 2004, and taught myself by way of an old photography textbook and a Nikon FG 35mm film camera. For the first few months, I dutifully took notes frame by frame so that I knew what I had to do to produce the same results the next time. At the time, it helped that I worked at a photo lab at a nearby drugstore; can’t beat half off processing and getting to choose which images you want to print when you’re still working in film.

Soon enough, though, I started on with digital, and began photographing friends. Then friends’ weddings. Then friends’ babies. And wouldn’t you know, I was hooked. I have worked as a freelance photographer in this way since 2005, photographing not only friends and families, but also modeling head shots, singer-songwriter portraits, and even the occasional advertising campaign image.

In March of 2010, I began working as the Client Liaison (that’s fancy for “The Person Who Answers the Phones and Responds to Emails”) at Love Life Images, in Savage MD. The photographers and other team members are amazing, to say the least. Every day I feel honored and privileged to be a part of their crew.

Which brings me to my biggest point of all. I am honored and privileged to be doing what I love. Nothing compares to waking up feeling excited to have not only a job that you love, but also a lifestyle that you enjoy. Every day I have a session, part of me feels like I’m just hanging out with friends. I just happen to have a huge camera in my hand, capturing it all on “film.”

And now, for a few of my very favorite recent pictures. Since that’s what you really want.

the lovely Angelina:

the debonair Wes:

the cute Kirsten and Jon:

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life, and thanks for sharing in the milestone of my first blog post. See you again soon!