This may be my favorite shoot so far. What's not to love! Julian is an energetic, fun, friendly young man. There are so many great elements to this portrait session that it's hard to know where to begin.
I anticipated working in his family room. Great windows, great light, beautiful furniture and accessories. But scheduling had me there at a time when it was less than perfect, so we moved outside to his front walkway. His family's home is a photographer's utopia. The light out front is beautiful in the morning. The entire family space is surrounded by bright walls, shining hardwood, and huge windows. The back yard slopes down from a cozy deck. I am tempted to accept his mother's offer to use it as a studio, and have certainly added more "must haves" on the list for my dream home.
When we headed outside I had a vague idea of how to set up the shoot, but it took a few tries to get it just right. The surprising thing was how helpful it is to have a kid in constant motion. He had an innate ability at finding the perfect shot. I'd check my camera to see how things were progressing and he'd take the opportunity to get his wiggles out. Moments later he'd be back with the next best pose. It's also clear Julian has grown up in front of the camera - he knows how to flash that wide smile and those bright eyes!
This is such an intriguing stage at which to photograph young people. It's one that a lot of parents don't consider a momentous age to document, but I have to disagree. Many friends and acquaintances have pre-teen sons, and while it's hard to hear that your baby is growing up, he is! In so many photos you can see the flicker of the man he is becoming, overlaying the image of the child he is growing out of. When my little one reaches this age, I will likely cry my eyes out (as I do every time he reaches some new milestone.) In the meantime, I excitedly exclaim to the parent "Look at this photo! You can see what a handsome young man he's going to be!"
So, here is a small selection of the collection I sent to Julian's mother. Her initial response is "Holy cow! That is an incredible shot. It's like he's glowing. The light is amazing, and you totally captured him. Really a work of art!" My passion is bringing some of the joy and memories of professional imagery to everyone I know. So these words are worth everything to me. Thank you for your confidence in my work!