Lucky Portraits

November 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Pride

So it seems I've shot around 6 or 7 or more Quinceaneras this year, and of course the focus of these events is always the Quince (the turning 15 girl).  I don't come from this culture, so I've grown a very big appreciation for it throughout this year, and mostly because of the conduct, nostalgia, and sense of family and fun that come from these events.  My partner and owner of Matrix Digital Arts and I laugh a lot about how different each and every one of these events are, and especially the characters involved.  Recently at one of these receptions while scanning the crowd I noticed this couple.

Character.  That's all I could think of.  I had to have a photo of this couple to capture the character they emitted.  I had to watch this couple for a little while to get a sense of what they were about.  What I saw was two people that shared some history and were deeply connected.  They seemed quiet and stuck to their corner of the venue.  Instead of doing my usual unnoticed, behind a pillar secret shot of them, I asked them if I could please have a shot.  Between my lack of Spanish and their lack of English we worked it out and this is what came out.

I added just a few adjustments, and felt I got it tweaked just right.  The eye in shadow is in focus.  Note the belt buckle, vest, and the hand on her shoulder...think there's a story there?  I don't know, but I'm just super thankful they obliged me by standing and giving me that look.  After reading Chris Orwig's "People Pictures" book, I think I got what he's talking about here.  If not, I will try and try again. 

Stay tuned, another new post coming up tonight as well.


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