It's always a pleasure to reconnect with old players from the volleyball team I've coached for the past 7 years. Perhaps a bit more so when it's one of my favorite players from probably my favorite year. Suffice it to say I jumped at the opportunity to take Melissa's senior portraits and wish her the very best as she enters the real world!
NORTH END - BOSTON - JUNE 2007
Pro Photography Tip: It's good to have beautiful friends.
By the Summer of 2007 I was really beginning to appreciate portrait photography and began seeking out any and all willing participants to model for me. The next year of my life found me alternating between portraiture and photographing bands and musicians; eventually leading to me opening my photo studio -- but I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's a small gallery of my friend Sydney from her North End apartment, almost 7 years ago.
Saturday, August 11th 2007 - Cape Neddick, Maine
One of my best friends Caleb was getting married and I was excited to try out my new camera. It was a beautiful, casual, outdoor wedding on a sweltering August day. Looking through some of these photos I was still encountering my fair share of technical foibles, such as standing in my own light and casting a shadow on my subjects. Or using too fast an aperture for a multi-subject capture; forgetting that depth is a plane too! (I think this was my first shoot with my new 50mm ƒ/1.4 lens, and I didn't quite realize how shallow depth of field could be when compared to my 28-105mm ƒ/3.5-4.5). My command skills in directing groups of people were also still developing, due to lack of confidence most likely. But I know I'm often too critical of photography, specifically my own. I am quite proud of many of these images, specifically the series towards the end of the wedding during the cutting of the cake where the bride and groom both smashed cake into each others' faces. So I present to you, selected images from The Smith Wedding...
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MISSION HILL (2006)
Fast forward now to early 2006. I had been outgrowing my little point-and-shoot Canon for quite awhile now, but had been supplementing my photographic yearning with a hand-me-down Canon Rebel X film camera. It was by far the most "advanced" film camera in my analog photography class I was in at Northeastern University. That said, it lacked the romance of an analog film camera. While my love of photography was growing exponentially I was still a Music major and frequently hanging out with musicians in class, at gigs, and the like. Word of my photographic passion began to spread and it wasn't too far into Spring semester of my Junior year that I was approached by a friend of mine to take promo photos of his band. How exciting! Better yet, he was going to pay me for my time and effort! I spent the afternoon scoping out a location for our shoot. I finally stumbled upon The Mission Church on Tremont Street in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston. There was outdoor space around the exterior of the basilica that I thought was really unique, and the band agreed. Here are some film scans from the shoot: