That following summer I had the opportunity to join a workshop with Greg Heisler in Maine. Through the course of that year and the two that have followed I've started to become "comfortable in my own skin". I believe the catalyst for this was honesty. Honesty with myself and honesty with others.
Meet Amy - she has a passion for musical theater and has been pursuing that dream. With only a few email conversations we set a time to meet for our photo session. During these sessions half of me is looking for the best "light" to showcase my subject. While my other half is carrying on a conversation to keep my subject relaxed and comfortable through the process.
Amy and I fell into a rapport with ease and walked around this lovely spot along the river to come away with many different looks. Light, expression and connection are important ingredients for a pleasing portrait.
But I do believe that the honesty you bring is what makes the final product work so well.