People often ask me why I love portraiture so much and why so much of my photography is people-centric. When I first started taking pictures, I was photographing still life. It wasn’t until one year when I was at a photography exhibit and I was drawn in by the work of a still life photographer. Most of his portfolio was beautiful scenes in Cuba. He was a master at dealing with negative space and the lines in his photography gave the viewer’s eye a guided tour of each photograph. Eventually, I tracked him down and asked him for advice about what I should do as an aspiring photographer. He didn’t have much to tell me other than to learn how to photograph people. I was surprised to hear him say this because he didn’t have people in any of his pictures. He left me with a warning; portraiture is not an easy thing to do.
Since that day I changed my focus toward people. It would be awesome to come across the roll of film I was using that day because I could see this transition. I love being able to capture people’s personalities in images. So many people around us are reaching out to tell the world who they are and to share their stories. I feel honored to be able to facilitate this mode of communication with my photography.