The more portraits I do, the more I love clouds. It offers the softest, most beautiful, least harassing light, and it’s free.
I opened up the garage door yesterday, pulled out a white bed sheet and hung it from the ceiling. The rainy day here in Charleston, combined with the open door created a huge soft-box. I pulled some of the Palmetto Medical Initiative staff in front of the sheets and began doing some candid portraits for their website.
I like to get people laughing when I do portraits. I think it helps to calm the inherent uncomfortableness that everyone feels when a camera is lifted, and secondly, I just like to see people with huge smiles that are authentic… that show a side of people that only people who know the person know. When you see a photo of a stranger, you don’t know if that is really them, or just a side they are putting on for the camera. I think when someone smile’s, it’s like a thumbprint. It’s unique. It’s uninhibited, silly, something we can all relate to and is intriguing to look at. You know?
I shot these with my 50mm 1.4 wide open, to get that depth I enjoy so much.
Michael and Amanda (the couple) are leaving for Masindi, Uganda on Monday Feb 8th to live for a couple years. They will be playing a crucial role in the development of PMI’s medical facilities on the ground there.