The Simplicity of a Portrait

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
-Paul Caponigro

The simplicity of a portrait is often lost in the complexity of trying to take it.  I remember when I first picked up my camera.  I wanted to capture every little moment of my family’s life.  From eating meals to playing outside, I wanted a view of everything.  And I still sometimes do.

Lately, I’ve realized sometimes simplicity, patience, and a somewhat cooperative child is more than enough.  I recently broke everything down and started focusing on the person, not the scene.  I wanted to capture my children how I see them instead of what they’re doing.  I wanted their essence, their soul, and their being staring back at me through the lens.

Embarking on this journey is a step out of my comfort zone.  But it’s allowing me to push myself, break through my ordinary, and capture the extraordinary of my family.  Being able to look into a photo and catch a glimpse of how my children are going to be as they grow up is something I’ll never regret accomplishing.

Out of my 4, I’ve only been able to nail down 3 of them with a small measure of success.  But I know these will be the photos adorning the walls in my house.

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