I have loved photography ever since I can remember. As a child I would save up money for disposable camera's and schedule a shoot with my family. I would build sets (usually comprised of moving around some furniture and draping it all with sheets), find props (stuffed animals, phones, a stray cat), dress people up in wardrobe (my mothers clothes) and then the magic would happen. Those 32 pictures would be gone before I knew it, and oh how I would mourn if I wound up the camera before I needed it and accidentally took a picture of the inside of my pocket. Here are some of my first attempts at portraits.
My brother modeling with a bottle of soda.
I was very proud of this next one. Built the set myself. This shot was taken in mid-July but I was feeling wintery so I grabbed a blue sheet and some of my mother's snowflake ornaments and put my cousin in a winter coat I found in a closet.
And here I am experimenting with available light.
I am still in love with photography and love shooting portraits, and every once in a while my family still lets me experiment with them as I try to build sets and think of new poses and angles. However, I now shoot with a SLR camera instead of a disposable camera, shoot a couple hundred pictures instead of my limited 32, and my models are not always limited to my family.