Portraits and headshots come in one big clump for me. One needs the other. And I love them both. The reason they are so much fun for me is that, unlike wedding photography (which I also obviously love) portraits come with more control for me in terms of time, lighting conditions, etc.
David needed some photography for his graphic design business and approached me to do them. This shoot was in Columbus Circle – half in the park and half in the mall! This was in the middle of the freezing winter, so after about 15 minutes we sought shelter inside (this was pre-planned since I knew we would freeze). This lovely gray wall was on the third floor, with diffused window lighting coming from David’s right.
I hear you saying “why don’t you have a studio so that your clients don’t have to freeze their tuchus off?”. For me, studio photography isn’t natural enough. There are also not enough variations in backgrounds. The idea of a backdrop makes me shudder (although never say never, of course). I love the imperfections in nature and if you play it right, they will only enrich your images.