I have images that I want to share from my “blog refusal” period.  Hopefully these still resonate.  A Number of them are images I never edited the first time around and have found their way into the open… I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I also thought I would share a little about my approach to portraiture.  No one asked me to, but it’s a blog and you are my captive audience, so here we go   🙂  {a well placed smiley face covers a multitude of sins}

I try to listen.  That’s always my first step.  Sometimes that means reading between the lines, paying attention to the mood and tone of the conversation, or the email.  Clients don’t always know how to communicate what they want, although it is my opinion that they DO know what they want – even if they say otherwise.  Ask some questions about which images they like and which do not “do it for them” and I bet you find they start to form an opinion.  The listening is something I work hard to do through the entire session.  Occasionally a client gets adventurous and would love to try something off the wall, though they aren’t coming right out and saying it.  Sometimes their insistence that they just “don’t want serious pictures” is really an insecurity about them.  I see that as my cue as a photographer to talk them through whether they really don’t like serious images, or, perhaps, they are simply nervous about making serious faces.  At that point I always honor their preference… but not until we talk it through.  Some of my favorite serious images in my portfolio would never have happened if I didn’t give some caring encouragement.  {you know who you are}  I don’t want to force people into my favorite box, which is the moody images, I simply want to relieve self-consciousness for people.  Listening is the only way that happens.

  • November 3, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    jess - these are GORGEOUS. so in love with the first one. 🙂

  • November 3, 2009 - 10:21 pm

    oeil - love

  • November 3, 2009 - 10:24 pm

    Danielle Acosta - I think that you’re pictures are way cool jay. I know I’ve never introduced myself to you in person, although we go to the same church, but I think you’re photo’s bring something magical and elegant to each person. It’s like a part of a story in a book but you never know what the ending looks like or the beginning because it is only a moment in time. I’m super interested in photography and I feel inspired by your work, however I have almost no space on my computer so I can’t upload any more and I can’t upload and form of photoshop. Maybe someday.

  • November 4, 2009 - 12:00 am

    jayeads - Danielle… that is an amazing compliment. Maybe you know, and maybe you don’t know how important capturing something of a person is to a portrait photographer is. It’s the whole ballgame. thanks, friend! say hi next sunday.

  • November 4, 2009 - 3:28 pm

    Boots Mc - Amazing work. Great commentary – especially for newbies to photography. And I’m stealing your “a well placed smiley face covers a multitude of sins” line. Brilliant!

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