You may have noticed that many of my portraits are black & white. I often get asked why this is. Quite simply, my love for black and white goes back to basic visual design principles; every element (lines, texture, light, and of course color) must have a function or it becomes a distraction. Therefore, if there is a strong color in a photograph that isn’t an integral part of the subject (such as the eyes or wardrobe) that element starts to distract the viewer from the hero of the image. Once that distracting layer has been removed black and white portraits allow the viewer to connect to the subject in a new way.
Besides all of that, being able to shoot and develop my own black & white film is just fun! After spending a lot of time trying to digitally emulate the look of some of my favorite films, I decided it was better to just fold film back into my arsenal. There is a certain life a film portrait has that digital lacks; much like a vinyl record versus digital music, or a classic car compared to a newer one.
Technical skill and composition are parts of every picture I take, but be sure to check out my high school seniors or boudoir & glamour galleries to see the impact of color versus black and white. If you’re interested in stronger design elements, streets and travel really let me push these visual elements in a fun way.