A few weeks ago I started my project "Focusing on People” as I walked around Portsmouth, NH during the Christmas tree lighting event. In these five photos I captured the expressions of crowds and children at a fun holiday event. The town was packed with people, providing the challenge of noticing that one boy waiting patiently for the parade to start, or the little girl experiencing the bright light of a toy. My favorite moment of the night may have been when I heard from a mother with a five year old daughter, "She is just like a little me!", showing a big smile on her face.
This past week, I have invested my free time in improving my photography. I want to get my name out there and show off my work. In order to do that, I am first going to start with improving my editing skills and making my photos more a narrative.
I bought several photography books, one about how to edit photos in light room and Photoshop. Though I’ve taken a photo editing course which included both programs, I feel like I’ve reached a point where I need more information to move forward in this ability. I refined a few of my photos by lighting them up and defining the details.
In my work as a Photographer for O’Connor Studios, I gained valuable experience in portrait photography. By observing more experienced coworkers, I’ve picked up on both technical and interpersonal skills which have helped me get better portraits. Knowing that little kids love to move around a lot, while older children care more about their looks, is essential to make them feel comfortable and get the perfect photo.
All of the knowledge I’ve gathered from the books and my job is helping me to get excited about and build ideas for a few portrait photo shoots. Looking forward, I am planning a photo shoot representing model and portraiture photography.
Some of my past portraits I am going to improve on: