I finally arranged a photoshoot with a lovely new model who has moved to my area, Amanda.
She and her son moved here from New York City, where she was an artist and fine-art model. Before I had taken a single frame, I knew I’d want to get her in front of my camera as often as possible.
I’ve been contemplating the type of images I want to shoot in 2020. I’m always thinking of what I can do to stretch my creative boundaries and test new waters.
The new year marks the 30th anniversary of my career as a professional photographer. I’ve shot mind-boggling quantities of film and files, now photographing the grandchildren of the first high school seniors I had photo sessions with at the start. My own child is a high school senior rounding third base and headed for her final semester before college. Where does the time go?!
As I have previously explained, while I still do portraiture, my main focus now is commercial photography (capturing products for websites, brochures, etc.), photojournalism (photographing events and portraits of featured personalities), and producing editorial-type content for subscriber websites like Patreon and OnlyFans.
One last look back at the 2010s as I touch on some of the highlights of a decade of photographing people.
I mostly photographed products for the last 5 years, but I have not included any of that content simply because it would be too huge of a blog.
What you see below are some of the best and notable photography I did between 2010 and 2019. I have inevitably left out a lot that could be included here.
I don’t have time to do a more comprehensive review (I could spend my whole Sunday doing this, but nah). I did fewer model portfolios and editorial assignments than the previous decade.
How to Become a Model!
I get asked this question over and over again, so I thought I would simply put it in a blog so I can refer people to it.
A portrait photoshoot consists of far more than simply pushing a button.
When done properly, great and telling questions are asked during the pre-shoot consultation to guide creative choices when the camera is actually applied.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Such is the case with the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. L Brands has canceled the program, saying the decision was part of a move to “evolve the messaging of [the company]” and dial back the brand’s more extravagant marketing methods.
Before anyone accuses me of being shallow, there are a lot of different kinds of beauty.
There’s structural beauty where we marvel at the symmetry of someone’s face or aesthetic beauty resulting from a pleasing presentation well put together like a work of art.
There’s a beautiful soul who inspires admiration of her empathy and compassion.
There’s cuteness, often associated with pretty children, but present whenever someone looks so adorable that they possess a contagious attractiveness.
There is awe of someone’s genius or intuition.
There is beautiful strength, found in those who show an enviable strength or persistence in the presence of challenges.
True beauty is rare. And all around us.
The DeKalb County Democratic Party opened its doors during the Fort Payne Block Party, Halloween edition. These people came in off the street for me to photograph.
Thanks to everyone who participated. You can download a color version for free — or find your child’s photo if you don’t see it here.