More than any other kind of photographic moment, be it landscape, florals, or journalistic moments — I love portraiture. I love nothing more than expressing somebody’s soul on camera…if I’m lucky enough to pull it off.
I don’t know if I did…and I don’t know that my thoughts about the people below are even accurate having known them so briefly – but this is how they struck me and what informed how I took their photo.
Brooke (the first photo above) was one of my roommates, somebody who I enjoyed talking with and is a very interesting person. She has been through a lot in the past couple years and has a lot of wisdom born from the difficulties life can bring. Despite all that, she is a funny and engaging person with a light spirit who I really enjoyed getting to know. She is humble and doesn’t take herself too seriously, even though she really could because she’s totally beautiful and incredibly gifted.
Mamiya 645 AF | 80mm F/2.8 Lens | Kodak Portra 800 | Scans by PhotoVision
While I watched Jonathan Canlas work with this family, I had decided not to shoot at all so that I could absorb whatever I could learn from how he works. However, this little girl had a quiet way about her that I thought was so sweet. In a brief moment while her parents were being photographed together, she was standing by herself kicking rocks around and I was able to quickly pull out my camera and take one image. While I know nothing about this little girl, my gut tells me this image represents her shy personality pretty accurately.
Maja was our model who worked really hard, never complained and talked to everyone with a spritely, joyful enthusiasm that I’ve only encountered a few times in my life. She is full of sweetness and legitimately loves everyone…judged nobody and treated everyone with respect. In a western world that has grown so entitled, Maja seemed completely contented and grateful to be right where she was, and nothing but a desire to absorb it fully. I was able to shoot this brief portrait of her during some downtime between shoots. It’s my favorite image from the whole workshop.
All images taken at the Forage + Fern Workshop in Galiano Island, British Columbia.