I recently looked at some images from a portrait session I had done in the Spring of 2014. We had started the session inside with some very basic lighting , and afterwards, we progressed to a lengthy outdoors session where the majority of images were taken. Because I was photographing someone who had never posed before and she had only met me once very briefly , I decided to do a few inside shots to ease her into the session away from the public so that she could get the feel for being in front of the camera. She was apprehensive and the first shots were understandably embarrassing for her, but we progressed and got some lovely subtle and expressive images,, very honest and innocent. She had lovely long shiny hair and as we began to shoot she wanted to cover her face and I told her to do this with her hair. This pleased her greatly and she began to wrap her hair over her face feeling she was quite a bit safer like this and certainly more photogenic. I went with the look and the result was a series of very interesting camouflage portraits which proved to reveal more about her lovely unassuming character than hide it. A small tip of the head or change of the fingers was all that we needed. In proceeding this way I learned something about asking for less and flowing more. These were the steps taken to advance to the more extroverted shots taken later in the day. She proved to be an excellent and graceful subject and the session was marvelous.
One of these initial studio shots which was actually quite ordinary, sparked off the idea of a fresco like portrait image . I had Italy and Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel in my mind’s eye, though I have only seen printed images and not the real thing, However in this shot, the hand and finger went up in the air in such a way as to remind me of a famous scene of the ceiling and I edited in an attempt to capture this feeling. It was an adventure getting there and now that trip to Rome is a more urgent desire. That trip to Rome will come, but in the meantime I also value the close to home destinations.