Hello World, this is my first blog post and first Client Q&A, where I will dig deeper into how it feels to be on the other side of the camera.
Diane became my client after winning a raffle at a fundraising event put on by BFF.fm, where I host a (weekly radio show called B-Side Dreams). For the fundraiser, I donated my photography services to the raffle. Diane attended the event because her daughter Stella also hosts a radio show on BFF, called Radio Shoe. Diane purchased a raffle ticket for a photo session and she won.
A few weeks after the fundraiser, Diane and I met in Golden Gate Park for the portrait session. I greatly enjoyed shooting and getting to know Diane, who is a costume designer and had creative ideas about how to pose, sighting specific public figures in her age range who she looked to for inspiration. I was impressed by this, so I wanted to ask her a few questions and share it here.
J: What do you do for a living?
D: I have been a freelance San Francisco-based costume designer and wardrobe stylist for 20+ years. Before that I was an actor so I’ve had opportunities to be in front of the camera but I’ve never really been comfortable with that role.
Why did you want to have portraits taken?
As I had won the opportunity to have my portrait taken, I was not thinking of updating my picture at all. But I was happy to have the opportunity to capture this time and place in my life with a professional photographer who didn’t know me and perhaps would see something in me that a friend couldn’t see. This was a fun way to explore who I am now and just see where the experience would take me.
What do you hope to communicate about yourself ?
Professionally, I always want to communicate to a potential client confidence, genuine sincerity, and a sense of style.
Which women did you search for as model inspiration, and why?
Before having my portrait taken I researched professional women who are approximately my age. Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Oprah, Nina Garcia, Meryl Streep, Cyndi Lauper, and Debra Winger. I figured these women have their photos taken all the time and must know some tricks on how to look their best. I was interested in how their poses addressed the angles of their faces and the placement of their hands. Once we got started with the actual taking of the pictures I stuck all my research in my back pocket and I tried to just relax and be myself.
Which was your favorite portrait from our session?
My favorite picture changes every time I revisit them. I originally like one where my hand is on my chin. Then it changed to one with my hand near my neck. Or maybe I like the one with the full smile. I love my hair in every one of them. I haven’t really settled on my favorite yet.