In portrait photography the focus of the photograph is mainly the person's face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included. I am always a firm believer of what the great photographer Ansel Adams said that 'you don't take a photograph you make it'. I am constantly looking for an emotion, or a certain feeling from my subject that moves me. Nevertheless I find the best approach to my creativity is the KISS principle - keep it simple stupid by not overcomplicating things with numerous different lighting setups.
Joelle's headshot session was relaxed with a simple two light setup including ambient lighting. However, her wardrobe was very light in the clothing department so we had to improvise. I decided to experiment a little trying to create something different whereby she was not always looking at the camera. This image is one from the series that I would like to share on this blog although she is fully aware she is being photographed not all subjects are in portrait photography and this is despite the quote 'A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he is being photographed.' - Richard Avedon - 1933