The very first time I actually took someone's portrait was for Josh, 2 years prior. The truth is I really didn't know what I was doing back then. My background in cinematography helped a great deal, but it was a trial by fire. Okay, that's a bit dramatic. Josh was (and always is) a sweetheart and it was definitely a fun shoot. That said, it was also a very intense shoot for me because I didn't want to let him down. Josh is one of my all-time favourite humans and I wanted him to be happy with the photos. The good news is, he was and the photos turned out great. They were different than how I do portraits now, but I still look back at them every once and awhile and smile.
Fast forward 2 years and I've got the same guy who essentially kickstarted my photography career, sitting in front of me. I can't help but feel grateful to Josh and all the other people in my life who believed in me and placed their trust in my hands. I take that very seriously and want to do right by them.
Josh, I love you brother and I am really thankful you gave me that chance 2 years ago. I can't wait for our next shoot. :)
ONE LESSON FROM THIS SHOOT:
There are approximately 500 shades of grey, but the human eye can only identify 30. This shoot taught me that even in a seemingly binary activity as black and white photography, "the truth" is somewhere in the grey. Most people don't realize (and neither did I until this point) that black and white photography actually has subtle hints of colour in the grey. See if you can spot the subtle colours in the grey tones below. Yellows, blues and reds are very common. Again, I found myself humbled by the way photography continually mentors me on life.