Creating a successful portrait, to me, is to create a portrait of someone during a moment of which they are most honestly portraying a part of themselves. Maybe with confidence, maybe showing vulnerability, sometimes a portrait shows a deeper, more long standing version of a person, but other times it can show a person in a moment of stark contrast to their typical character. Moments such as these, are by no means, incorrect, or dishonest, we are truly diverse people having different sides to our personalities.
If there’s one side to a personality I like to capture more than any other, it’s a passive and content happiness in which a person is visibly relaxed and comfortable. Not with an overly ripe smile, but instead a peaceful state most evident by a release of tension often held in eyes and a persons face.
It’s such a soft place to be, so easily affected by shifts in emotion brought on by any influence.
I’d like to become a master at giving people a place to exist, even for a moment, in this state. At this point, I’d imagine it may take an entire lifetime to get there, but I truly don’t know. I’m only just beginning to understand what it takes to allow people to exist within this place.
It’s amazing. Truly.