Making a portrait is the purest form of photography…one photographer, one subject, one camera. At the end of a portrait session, I will have come to know somebody new; found something in them that they want to share with friends and family, or something they have forgotten, or perhaps something they never knew; and captured images that convey that something for all their world to see.
I form a special relationship when shooting a portrait, whether I’m shooting a professional model, a business executive or my neighbor down the street…in two hours (or fifteen minutes if that’s all I have) I work to develop a bond of trust and understanding that allows that person the freedom to be who they are.
Portrait photography is a way to find meaning and reveal the truth of life and love buried within. There is in each of us some measure of beauty and hope and fear. We are most human — most ourselves — when we share that with others.
The actual work of shooting a portrait is a collaboration — my subject and I work together to find those images that we are both looking for — and it’s about trust…they trust me to find moments, thoughts, emotions, images, and I trust them to be themselves on the other side of the camera.
I have spent a lifetime of communicating…connecting…with the people in the world around me. My camera is one more tool that allows me to do that.
you can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. you can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life. — joan miro