I feel a connection to most of my subjects. We are a little vulnerable together as we create images. But this one in particular... Well, he's mine. I'm about to set him free, out into the world, but for a few more months, he's my senior. He had selected his location for portraits years ago. It was a bit of a no-brainer. His beloved summer camp. We had a brilliantly sunny day to snap him up as some of the leaves had begun to change.
On the drive over I asked if he brought a guitar or uke. Nope, forgot. I asked if he packed a speaker so we could listen to music. Nope. I forgot to mention it when I thought of it earlier in the week. You'd think the photographer's child would be entirely prepared with props and concepts. But isn't there a fable or something about a cobbler's kid not having shoes? Yea, I think that's how it goes.
This was probably my fastest photoshoot. I could very easily and comfortably say "no, turn this way" without having to give much explanation or worry about upsetting him. He's used to me and my process. I'm thrilled with the results, and the fact that I got this special time with my guy. These photos are just so "him."
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