Working with people in general is such an honor for me. As a portrait artist, I photograph people of all ages. I can’t honestly say I have a favorite age group, although I do love photographing young adults and helping them to see their beauty as I do.
The ages of these young people included in this article vary from 11-19 years old. They are from different families and all share the same optimism that comes with being so young.
I chose one of my favorite lenses, the 70-200mm F2.8 that goes with me no matter where I go. My assignment for all of these images was to capture individual portraits of these beautiful subjects. I have been photographing most of these children since they were 3 months old. I know them so well and love the opportunity to watch them mature and turn into adults.
When selecting a lens for a portrait session, I take in account a couple of factors. The location itself and what the light looks like and of course, what kind of portrait I want to create. I am primarily a natural light photographer, so the direction of the light in a location is extremely important to me. I almost always focus in close to my subject because I love how sharp this lens is and with an open aperture, how it diffuses the background. The 70-200mm creates the most beautiful Bokeh, (“the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.) Another reason I use the 70-200mm is because of the versatility of the lens. I can change my focal range without ever moving and the image quality is simply amazing. Most of my favorite lenses are telephoto lenses. This is a personal preference.
This last image was created using the 70-200mm lens as well. I had already photographed Kira close up and wanted to include the chairs from the Wedding as a frame around her with the rose petals scattered on the ground. Once again, the 70-200mm made that selection an easy one for me. I simply changed my focal length, now at 97mm instead of 200mm and created a different kind of portrait.