A portrait is so much more than a picture of someone.
To achieve great portraits a photographer must have the ability to extract the very thing that makes that person them.
I see a portrait as a collaboration with my sitter. I create the platform for them to be who they are and in turn, they provide their true self to me.
To read more about what I offer you can read about what I offer.
To me the ocean is a place of peace. When I’m near it, there are no worries.
These are the images I have taken over the year from oceans around the globe.
Fear. It’s like sugar; lately I seem to be finding it in everything.
I’ve never called myself afraid. I’m not that person afraid of life. I mean in all honesty I think of myself as someone who is strong and I don’t let much get in my way.
But these days, especially since becoming a parent, I have moments of paralysing fear. You know, those times were you imagine the bad things and for a second you think they a real.
I didn’t realise how consuming my fears had become until I went to New Zealand recently. There I was in the car on the ride out to the airport all twisted up inside. I wanted to go but didn’t want to leave my family. What if I never came back? Where would Sonny and Ivy think I have gone? Would they ask for me all the time? Would they be ok growing up without a mother? Would Shaun remarry? Where will I go? What will the other side look like? Would people forget me?
These questions kill me, they send me into an almighty head spin. I can’t talk about them because I can’t bear to even think what the answers would be and I hate that. I hate being controlled by the idea that something might happen. I hate being controlled by the inevitability of death. It turns me into this worried control freak and when I let it take over it changes the outcome of a situation.
For ages I’ve been thinking about it, assessing how I really am in general day to day life once I realized that fear was creeping in. Being aware of it has helped and most of the time I live in the present rather than let those horrible thoughts invade me, but to be honest, I’m not sure they will ever go away and I would hazard a guess I’m not alone. But taming those fears is imperative, otherwise I'll end up feeding my kids full of fear and I don't want that for them.
During the trip New Zealand for the A Bit More Soul workshop I decided to ask the attendees what their greatest fears were. They obliged (a huge thank you by the way!) in this very personal question and here are their responses.
I knew I wasn’t alone and that’s a comforting thought.
All images taken with Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400.
A collection of random images taken with my film camera, Contax 645.
Documentary photography is one of my great loves. Most of my career so far has been documenting weddings and my own children. But now I am starting to stretch my wings into other domains.
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A personal project exploring the 5 Elements, Water, Earth, Wind and Fire.
The project continues.
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