One of the things photographers take lots and lots of photographs of are people. Now when someone wants me to take their portrait they generally want me to make them look good. Make them look good, what does that even mean?
Well for most it means make them look attractive or more attractive, interesting, handsome, intelligent, it can be many things. You just want to give them something they are happy with. They get what they want and are happy, you (I) get paid so I’m happy, everyone is happy, Right? Wrong!
Sometimes you get the chance to take a photograph of someone you know well and you want to show them what you see. The man in this photograph is a friend of mine, so I think I know him quite well. Now what I wanted to show in this portrait was experience. Now this is a face that has been lived in. This face has experience, this man has knowledge of life and it’s highs and lows. This face has a story to tell.
Did I get what I wanted out of this portrait session? Yes I believe I did. Am I now happy? Yes I believe I am. It’s not always about getting paid, sometimes it’s about more than money. Getting satisfaction from doing something you just want to do. Enjoy your photography, one day you will thank yourself for it.
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