Reading between the lines

February 2, 2010

Everyone wants to look good.

At the very least in their photos. Its funny how all of us can find at least one attribute of ourselves that we feel needs working on. Big forehead. Flat feet. Love handles. Thunder thighs. I’ll admit, I am guilty as charged. And the list could go on and on. Unfortunately our positive qualities are often overlooked. The things that make us shine, that give off a light of their own. In this day and age, we get an overload of socially mediated expectations anywhere from America’s Next Top Model to Jersey Shore. While these are enjoyable and addicting distractions (yes, I myself have fallen pray to reality television’s clutches),  its important to remember the positive qualities that will stay with you throughout your life. Integrity. Hard work. Kindness. Once again, the list could go on and on. It is essential to remember to value the internal in a person as well as the external. To remember to look between the lines. It is then when a person appears at their most beautiful, glowing self.

When a friend of my family’s asked me to photograph his and his partner’s portraits for their website, I was psyched. I love portraits because I think they have the ability to bring out that natural light in a person.  I could tell that Michael and Richard were a little nervous when I showed up at their office in midtown. But once we got started, they both relaxed and maybe even had a little bit of fun!

Their website isn’t quite up and running just yet, as they’re still putting the finishing touches on it, but these are a few of my favorites from the shoot and I hope you enjoy them as well!

There are a lot of things I love the photos above and below this paragraph, but especially the fact that you can almost barely see the Empire State Building in the background outside the window. No one would notice it normally, and we were trying to figure out ways to incorporate it into the photos but ultimately we decided that the dynamics of the room were going to prevent that from happening. So I like that it made a discreet guest appearance!

I find this one to be fierce, and for that reason, its wonderful.

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One Response to “Reading between the lines”

  1. sherri heitner Says:

    Michael & his partnerlook so handsome & professional!


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