Winter In the Studio | Portrait Sessions

There is a storm headed our way this weekend. I have plans to work in the studio. Who knows? Ah, winter in New England. So fickle and unpredictable. At times, we prepare for the worst and nothing happens. Other times, the power is out for days and we layer on the woolens and light every candle. I might have to wait until the roads are clear to head into the studio where a short stack of 4x5 film is ready to be developed and scanned. 

Film portraits, if I have to choose, are my favorites. The process and attention involved from composing to developing each roll or sheet. The grain, light, and effort of making art in camera has always fascinated me. 

Large format portraits, in particular, hold a special place in my heart. Not only are they classic and beautiful, but they also require time and attention to create. Time to focus and connect in a moment where both photographer and sitter reveal something to the other. This, to me, is the importance and necessity of portraiture—to create heirlooms that can be shared with those we love. 

Between snow storms, coffee dates, and driving your kids to rehearsals and practices, make the time to get in front of the camera. Schedule a session for yourself. Another for them. Show up and be seen. You deserve it and so do they. 

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