These two didn't know each other before this meeting but still, they became such beautiful friends.
Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference.. Robert Frank.
I love when I get to work as a photographer. There is so much joy to be found in the place where photographs happen.
And these guys, they were so kind, in allowing me to quietly follow them around, trying to capture something of their souls via my camera.
One of the most beautiful things about a portrait shoot at home is becoming known and trusted by those you are photographing.
And you have the luxury of time, for shots like this.
I will be in New Zealand for the month of March (landing in Auckland Feb 22), running photography workshops for women.
Photography workshops that take you on a hands-on journey through the basics of photography.
I will be popping up all over the country, so check in and ask if I will be teaching near you.
The workshops run for 4-6 hours per day, and I'll leave it to you to decide whether you just need one day, or more.
Also included in the fee is my pdf workbook. This takes you through everything I teach, and more, so don't worry that you need to retain everything on the day. You can go back over lessons in your own time, and I will be available, via social media, afterwards.
These workshops are also about encouraging you to understand how YOU see and capture the world. I believe each person has their own unique way of seeing, a way that needs to be understood and respected.
I am happy to answer any questions you might have about my life lived abroad, these last 15 years, in cities as diverse as Istanbul, Antwerp, Berlin, London, and the city I love best in the world ... Genoa, Italy. I'm happy to share ideas on how you might do the same.
Contact me using the contact form on my website, via the link below.
If you don't hear from me, I didn't get your message. Don't hesitate to try again:-)
You can read more about my workshops here, and I'll be adding to the information here in the days ahead.
After a bit of a break from portrait photography, I had a family session up on the top of the hill at Portofino. My friend Leah has an agriturismo, under construction, up there in that beautiful place.
I had the loveliest time with this beautiful family. There was much laughter and sunshine, some Prosecco too.
And so much love between the 4 of them.
It felt like an extraordinary privilege, both to photograph the family, and to work up at Leah's place.
Grazie mille to all involved :-)
A friend posted the following story on my Facebook wall yesterday. It confirmed what I have always thought about portrait photography ... the photographer oftentimes photographs the relationship between themselves and their client.
It's about mutual trust and respect but it's also about what the subject allows to be known of themselves ... the story he or she tells, the glimpses we are allowed. That's why I prefer to take an hour or two with a portrait session. I love to enter an environment that makes them comfortable. I love if we have time to chat, to get to know one another in a relaxed situation. It doesn't take long usually.
In this experiment the photographers all captured something of the person their subject presented himself as. I thought it the perfect illustration of how portrait photography should be.