Art District and A Learning Curve
If you have ever watched the Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey Series, you might know what I mean when I say that I think
this young lady would fit perfectly into the cast of the British series as “Lady Paige” of the Highclere Castle.
But in reality, she has no ambitions for drama. Instead, she is a bright college art student. She is also interested in the field of photography.
She has been working with me some this summer as an intern. I felt giving her the “in front of the camera” experience was really a good
place to further her education. I had to do this myself when I went to one of my first workshops, and it was an eye opening experience.
Although, most photographers dread being the focus of attention, it is actually a good place to start the learning process,
because it helps you to relate to your clients feelings during a photo session.
Finding beautiful light, nice locations, good white balance, proper exposure, cool composition, and pleasing processing
are all important aspects a photographer must learn to master…and I am still learning.
However, the skill of connecting with a client to create natural expression and honest emotion is elusive.
This is an area where most every photographer is in constant learning mode.
Okay, so watch the progression of emotion in this series…
The Art District of Chattanooga is a cool location. I had proper exposure and other elements that make for a good photograph.
But expression was minimal. She is a reserved person anyway, so we didn’t want to create something that wasn’t genuine.
I actually love her demure and soft body language and expression that highlight her eyes and other features.
She started to loosen up and enjoy herself a bit more here. Can you tell? It takes time…
Then, we got a bit crazy…and her fun side came out…I couldn’t get her toes all the way in the frame…sorry about that, Paige.
That planter was in the way and some people were waiting to get back to their room….yada, yada, yada! ha!
This is a beautiful, genuine smile. She really liked the red chair…and I think it matched her brighter mood.
We ended the session right at sunset over the river with the bridge in the background.
Loved the background, but I had to pop on my flash. She was a bit done with the session here anyway…can you tell?
Thanks for the learning session, Paige. You are a beautiful, talented young lady!