How many people can truly define themselves in a sentence or two...or in a single photo? We like to think we can capture the essence of a person in a single photograph, but the truth is we only capture...if we do our jobs very well... a part of someone at that time we took the photo. How many times do we look back at pictures from our youth and go 'oh God...what was I thinking?' Well at the time the picture was taken we probably thought---'cool...thats me right there!'
It's sort of the tough thing when approaching senior photo sessions now. We want to take pictures to record the senior as they are at that moment so we're hoping to find that one gesture and look in the eye to capture that maybe gives us a hint into the persons character. Props and outfits give us a little hint, but its in the person's stare that we need to work to find that hint. I take several images hoping to grab that, but its tough...often we have just only met moments before so I'm never 100% sure when that glimmer of personality shines through. I love it when I'm told later that that picture is 'SO' that person. If I get that comment...I feel I've done my job! SayerMotter Photographs by Richard Sayer