Foraged + Fern – Three Portraits

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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 

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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.

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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.

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