My friend David was kind enough to let me photograph him a few weeks ago. He's someone who can make orchids grow, which places him squarely at the intersection of wizard and genius in my book.
I have a hard time with succulents.
The space was amazing. The light was gorgeous and David was a fantastic (and patient) model. Having his dog Frankie around didn't hurt, either. I was trying a few things with the shoot that I hadn't done before, and I was curious to see how it would all turn out.
It's tough experimenting in a craft where precision and technique are paramount to "success." Letting go of the familiar is intimidating, particularly in this medium. Smartphones and Instagram have made photographers of us all. Not that I mind that much. I like the opportunity and the challenge it presents.
Portraits are tricky. I'm risk averse. Rather than shoot from the hip, I decided to shoot further from the heart.
Hopefully it resonates.
I'll have a chance to do it all again next week, when I head up to Sunset Blvd with another new friend. This time we're looking for a little Hollywood glamour.
(I'm still a bit stunned that I can now use "Sunset Blvd" in a sentence, let alone as a shoot location. I'm sure I'll get used to it, as I continue with what I'm now calling project #portraitLA.)
Until then, a huge thank you to David, The Orchid Wrangler, for his energy, patience and time.
And Frankie, too.