Some people worry a little when they read that I work entirely on location. There seems to be a perception that I only photograph in photogenic mansions. Not so. Working on location allows very important context for portraiture. It’s the difference between a portrait session and a magazine shoot, between reality and a “reality show”. The following are examples of images that simply couldn’t have happened anywhere else.
This is one of those slice-of-life scenes that I love so much. This only happens at the kitchen table.
Some might find the junk in this shed a distraction; I find it interesting. Some images tell a story, while others raise the questions. This is one that is very open to interpretation by the viewer.
The twins in their friend’s very, very small kitchen. It’s not grand, but it feels like home to the girls, who were much happier in their undies than the dresses they were wearing previously.
Still not convinced? This image was shot in the entryway to a Macaroni Grill restaurant. The light was great, the kid was in a good mood, and the location just worked.
No mansions in sight, and I prefer it that way. Character and context are much more meaningful than grand surroundings. Life happens where it happens, and the best photographs remind us of what it felt like in that moment. So don’t worry that your house isn’t featured in next month’s Home and Garden. It’s home, and that’s good enough for me.