Photography is all about capturing a vision, and not simply recording what we see with a naked eye. Quality of light and body language are key components of a great portrait photograph. I am fascinated by shadows, light, and human psychology. The difference between a good portrait photo and an amazing portrait photo comes down to artistic sensitivity and the ability of evoking and capturing a unique moment. Understanding and connecting with whoever I am photographing is essential, and my photography is immensely influenced by who is standing in front of my lens.
There are very few people on this planet, who feel fully confident in front of the camera. This is mostly because we often see ourselves in badly composed or poorly lit photographs. We are used to looking unattractive. A still photo is nothingbut a frozen moment, and unlike a motion picture, one single frame is all we have to look at. If the timing is off, the photo will be average at best. It is very difficult to define the reasons why one person likes or dislikes a given photo, but subconsciously, we will gravitate towards a pleasing composition, fluid and natural body language, balance between light and shadows, complimentary angle and perspective, and so on. Like in every relationship, if there is no trust or understanding between the model and photographer, it will all be in vein. Portrait photograph is an image of who we really are, empowered by the skills of the photographer. Taking a photo is easy, but creating a soulful image that relates to a person is an art.
Editing photographs was always something that I truly enjoy. For me capturing an image is just a first step. Post processing is, or should be, an equally creative process. I love refining my photography art, giving it my personal touch, imbuing them with the emotions linked to the photoshoot. All my photographs are manually edited, one by one and without any automation or presets used, and I would literally prefer not to take any photographs if I had to ask someone else to edit them for me, even though it is an extremely time consuming process. High end portrait photo editing is very much like painting; via adjusting tones, color corrections, smoothing shadows, creating pleasing gradations, healing or enhancing textures, manipulating with light and even composition, etc. It is a delicate process that requires great sensitivity, artistic vision, and patience.
Hiring me you are not hiring a photographer, you are hiring an artist, someone who wishes to create together with you, and not just simply record still images.