I didn't initially set out to be a portrait photographer--although I've always made portraits.
I was an English major in college and a journalist thereafter. But my father had a darkroom in the house I grew up in, and he taught me early on how to develop negative and print photographs. I've always loved the magic of it.
People always ask me, "What's the difference between a portrait and just a great snapshot?" The answer is something I've come to understand more fully over time.
A snapshot captures a moment in time. It anchors a person in a place. They are fun to look at and they bring back memories about that time and place.
A portrait, on the other hand, is more mysterious. It's more like a painting in that you can look at it longer. It draws you in and you can see something different each time you view it.
Portraits don't happen by accident. I'm not hoping to get lucky and capture a split-second moment. Preparation, experience, and patience--along with creating a relationship during our time together--enables me to capture more than someone's likeness. I work to capture the individual's truth.
No matter the subject, the process is the same. We get to know each other. I discover the story inside the person. Everything I do is aimed at creating the kind of portrait that someone will want to look at forever.
Wendy is a designer and artist at heart. She was an integral part of the studio for many years. She assisted with sessions, designed beautiful outfits for maternity and newborn portraits, and just made people feel at ease in the studio.
Over the last year, she has developed her own creative endeavor and launched Doorway Designs. She designs and creates planters for the entryway of your home or business. Her designs are unique and you should really check them out. You can send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a small collection from the family albums. Some are indeed portraits. Others are "just" snapshots. Enjoy.