At the beginning of 2015, I made a decision that I wanted to build my portraiture skills. I love taking landscape shots, but whenever I'm looking at other people's photos, its always the ones with humans that stand out - and this is the area I've been historically very weak in. To get exposure, I took on some opportunities I might previously have passed on, and I put shout out on Facebook to see if there were any friends willing to be a portrait subject. It proved surprisingly fruitful. At any rate, for the first time, there's a heavy weighting towards people shots in my "best of" list.
"Erika and Tommy"
Tommy's sister put a shout-out in work for a photographer to take some "save the date" shots for Tommy and Erika, his wife to be. This was a new experience for me - taking photos of people I had never met before. They were a joy to work with, and we got what (I think) were some pretty nice shots, but this is the one I'm most happy with.
"Any Day Now"
Maternity shoot - another first for me! We approached this session with no pre-conceived notions of what shots we wanted (from either side of the camera). Mom-to-be had a wonderful selection of outfits and sarongs but as we worked on this pose, it soon became clear that less would be more. I absolutely love how this turned out.
One of the few landscape shots taken this year that I'm genuinely happy with. While in Mendocino, I ran down to Irish Beach late in the evening with my dad to grab some long exposure shots. I like how this shot conveys the motion of the water, set off nicely by the smattering of the clouds in the sky. I have a large print of this and it looks amazing.
Baby photography is hard. Much respect to Anne Geddes.
This is the landscape near to where I grew up. Its got a stark beauty that's hard to capture on camera, but I think I did ok.
"New and Old"
I spotted this scene outside Dublin's Trinity College and couldn't resist grabbing a few shots.
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I told the story of this shot in an earlier blog post. I think the shot stands up enough to be included in this list.
This is probably one of those shots that appeals to me and no one else. I like the expansiveness of it, and the way the scene is almost still, with the exception of a handful of folks at the bottom of the frame. I see a lot of airports.
"College Green, Early Morning"
A little bit of Dublin, early in the morning.
Possibly my favorite adult portrait, ever. This is a rare instance of me having a very clear idea for a shot and then executing on it perfectly. The set-up for this is difficult and it takes multiple shots, quick fingers, and a bit of luck to get the focus right. I was very happy with the outcome.