As a portrait photographer and print artist, I seek to capture the true beauty of the inner person. George McDonald wrote: “Never tell a child ‘you have a soul.’ Teach him, ‘you are a soul; you have a body…the body is but the temporary clothing of the soul.” True beauty is found in the spirit:
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (I Peter 3:3-4)
The inner spirit is the person we “get to know,” “admire and respect,” and with whom we “fall in love.” Thus we form the fond memories that define our lives.
A great portrait
We share oral histories, telling the stories of our lives, of our families, parents, grandparents and our children. Great portraits provide the visual memory around which the oral histories of our lives and families are built. All human societies have sought to capture a visual record of their lives and culture. Therefore, a truly great portrait captures the essence of the subject’s spirit. When friends or family cannot help but stop and enjoy your portrait, when they say “that is so you!” the portrait artist has achieved success.
A great portrait must also stand the test of time. It is displayed with pride in your home. It will be handed down through generations of your family. When visitors come to your grandchild’s home and ask about the portrait, a re-telling of your family’s oral history will ensue. Thus, a great portrait must be professionally printed and mounted on archive quality substrates that ensure it will be as vibrant and lustrous 100 years from now as it is today.
The portrait photographer
Do you say to yourself: “I don’t look good in pictures?” You are not alone. Most people believe that about themselves. Do you hear that voice in your head saying “stand straight and smile for the camera?” A professional portrait is not a school yearbook photo or driver’s license mugshot. Most of all, my job is to put you at ease, so that your expression is as natural for the camera as it would be in conversation with a dear friend. Thus, creating a portrait is an interactive process between artist and subject. As we work together, you will begin to relax, and you will grow more confident and empowered, resulting in a one of a kind work of art.