This is a comparison photo of last year and this year’s first assignment.
For those of you who don’t know, I am a second year Photojournalism student at Loyalist College. I am currently a freelance photojournalist in the Quinte area, as well as a portrait photographer.
Last year, my first class assignment was to find a stranger and take their photograph. This year, my first assignment was to shoot 5 strangers that belong to the same group.
The photo on the left was taken last year and the photo on the right was taken this year.
I find it so interesting how my idea of a portrait has changed so much. In just a year, I’ve learned how to let people’s faces tell their own stories. I learned how to approach people and get closer to my subjects to allow for a more intimate moment, as well as a more intimate photo. I play with artificial and natural light and always focus on the eyes.
I feel like my photos have developed a certain style, and I’m okay with that. I like airy, naturally lit photographs. I like to focus in with a wider aperture and get those little details on a person’s face.
As a photographer, it is my job to be a storyteller. Each portrait should show a piece of that person’s character and share something with the audience. I feel that slowly, my photographs are sharing more and more about my subjects.