Not Another 52 Project?!?!?!

A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Color Portraiture

Week 4: The Essence of Emmi

Another week, another staged and not so carefully staged lighting portrait session.

While taking a portrait of myself, it is easy for me to capture the essence of the emotion I want to convey because i can just keep snapping, painstakingly at times, until I achieve the shot; however, when you are dealing with others, it is not something you want to struggle with.

Emmie is one of those people you love and adore when you meet her, and she has recently been added to my department.  I have known her since she started at the school, and between our Chappelle Show jokes and overall shenanigans, there is an awesome bubble so big, you can’t help getting drawn into it and smiling and laughing.

Each quarter, we have a staff or faculty spotlight that showcases our online talent, and I came up with a brilliant idea to lure Emmi into saying yes – good thing I had my camera for the headshot too, right??!?!

A few smacks of lip gloss later (and about 15 minutes of us giggling), it was time to shoot.

The key, here, is I wanted to capture the essence of Emmi, and it took me 3 shots (under florescent lighting, ick) to have her chatting, getting more comfortable and unaware of the impending clicks.

She absolutely glows under any condition, I swear…..

When I photograph others, I want to capture the inner person – the inner beauty, if you will. Emmi made it just too easy…

Without further ado:

Here is my shot for Week 4 of this portraiture project!

The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc.  The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete.  These will be portraits per the definition:



1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.

picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy

My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!

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