One of my goals as a photographer is to become more comfortable approaching people about taking their photo. As a naturally shy and empathetic person, I have had my work cut out for me. First off, I am nervous about approaching others (shy) and secondly, assume that I will be bothering them (empathetic). Over the past couple of years I have gotten a bit better,and find that when I am in situations with a lot of people (like, say, BaconFest), it is easier to walk up to a random person.
The reason I am so eager is that I love the results of a good portrait. In my mind, the photo is an introduction to a whole host of other questions about the person. And, with a little imagination, the viewer can see a whole life unfold just based off of a single shot.
Below are some of my photos that stand out as examples of portrait shots that I am most proud of. I don’t want to get into too many specifics about the person, as I feel that a viewers first impression to a shot should be somewhat unadulterated. Hope you enjoy!