Firstly, the prize for ‘most awkward position for a photo’ (last post’s audience participation question) goes to Southern Sea Muse and Peggy/DogBreedz.net for their encounters with fire ants to get the perfect shot. They say that suffering is an art but that’s really suffering for your art!
Today’s post goes way back into my archives. For me though, way back only means 2009 or so when I started on this random vendetta of photography. Poking back into what seems like eternity sometimes I really want to kick past-me in the f-stop. Funny what lessons thousands of times messing something up brings, eh? Anyway, today’s photo is an example of what I like to call sincere portraiture. My stomach turns at posed photographs with forced expressions that don’t really say anything about the person in the shot. The awkward smiles of school photos are far from our brightest moments.
For the series from which this photo is taken, my daughters and I made our way to a large park on the south side of Indy early in the spring and just generally goofed around. After about the first hour they’d forgotten I had a camera at all so their true personalities shined through. This shot represents them better than any number of words could. My youngest is bright, cheery, vivacious and full of smiles and laughter. My eldest is contemplative, introspective and always studying the world around her. Of course I needn’t tell you that because you can see it all in the picture.
So what are some of your best and worst examples of portraits that both spoke to you or completely didn’t? Feel free to post a link to share and don’t be afraid to whip out some of those really horrible high school yearbook photos!