The Art of People Portraits
It all started with a wedding. I was asked to photograph it, and because it was a small event at a private property, for only four hours, I said yes.
It was the day Hurricane Harvey remnants were scheduled to sweep through Pittsburgh. When I arrived early for pre-ceremony photos, the light was just perfect. Two hours later as we prepared for the start of the ceremony, the sky was clouding over and the light was very different. Thankfully, the rain held off until we were almost finished with portraits outside. It was such a beautiful property! We wanted to take advantage of all it had to offer. But I sure was glad I followed the advice of others and picked up a clear umbrella.
It helps to photograph awesome people, who are relaxed and easy going and friendly! Through the whole process, I learned more about posing, editing, and working in the rain than I had before. Wedding photography is certainly very different from pet photography. There's a high level of anxiety and striving for perfection, in skin and tones, in body image, and delivery. At one point, I was coming home from dropping my daughter off from school and it looked like smoke was coming from the entire front of my house! All I could think of was I hadn't delivered those wedding photos yet! Thankfully it was just a cigarette the neighbor had tossed into a trash can on their front porch.
I relish this learning experience, and am so thankful for the kindness of these friends as well as the ones who followed in the whole month of October, asking for senior photos, newlywed photos, family plus pet photos, and now Christmas photos. I look forward to many more human clients and images to share with you!
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Keywords: human interest, people portraits, pittsburgh, portrait photography, wedding, wedding photography
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