My love and creation of a Pride-based photo series.
A few years ago, if you had asked me if I was doing anything special for Pride Month, I would have probably said no. I have never been ashamed of my sexuality, but I never really thought of pride as a big deal. "It's not for me; I'm not one of those types of queer dudes." While I had no problem with my sexuality, I guess I had trouble being upfront and celebrating it, which was weird. I had no problem with being open about my relationship with my husband, but when it came to the celebration of me and him and all my queer friends I would kind of shy away. As I have grown older and hit my 30's, I've realized that was probably not the healthiest thing, and I strove to embrace more of my queer identity.
This year I wanted to incorporate my new love of photography and do something fun for Pride month. I know so many talented people in Boston who just happen to be queer. Very good friends, coworkers, and trusted people. So I figured that I would take photos of these important queer people and showcase how we are all proud and beautiful together. This was also a great chance to give me the opportunity to do photos for people I may not have had the chance to shoot yet.
So for this year, I did seven portrait sets, some of friends whom I have known for years, some of people I have worked with in the past, and some of people I have only known through the internet. It was a great opportunity to show off how diverse and cute we all are. The only real prompt I had in mind was, "wear something that is colorful and makes you feel proud." and "find a big colorful spot". So that gave me the opportunity to do photos by murals, gardens, and even by a pride float! It also gave me a chance to arrange some portraits of myself to show how much I have grown, learned and really come to embrace my queer identity.
So I truly want to thank my husband Adam, and my friends Beca, JB, Paul, Noah, Becca S for there involvement in all of this. I also want to thank my friend Steve for doing my photos. This was such a wonderful uplifting thing to do, I know I will be doing it again next year.
A few weeks ago, Boston Voyager Magazine reached out and asked if they could feature one of my photos on their website. I was really touched by the gesture and after my picture went up, they reached out again. This time, they asked if I would do a interview and talk about why I like taking photos. It was an honor to explain why taking photos of friends and those around me is so important to me. It's reminded me how much creativity, freedom and happiness it gives me. I love capturing these moments, it makes me smile. So thank you Boston Voyager for giving me the opportunity to share my passion with a wide audience. You can see the full interview here.
A few weeks ago an editor from the website bostonvoyager.com got in touch through my website! They explained that Boston Voyager looks for artists/photographers in the Boston area and showcases their work. They asked if it was possible to show one of my photos!
I really am touched that a website would find my work good enough to publish to a broader audience. It has been a huge confidence boost and makes me to want to do even more with my photos!
So big thanks to Boston Voyager for the shout out; please check out all the other incredible talented artists that were featured. I can't wait to show everyone what I have next.
This was a first for me. A local JP resident Ture Turnbull reached out to me through my website! The handy submission form (which you can all find here *hint hint*.) Ture is running for State Representative here in MA and asked me if I would be willing to shoot some promotional photos for him and his campaign. I have to say, I was actually really nervous to accept this commission, because while I'm proud of the work that I do, I never really thought someone would want to use them for promotional work, let alone to help them get elected into government!
I met up with Ture to explain how I do not really see myself as a "professional", in the sense of I do not want to take photos as a job. I enjoy doing this as a hobby and if I start equating that with work, I think I will lose some of the fun and passion I have for this. He understood completely and said he would rather work with a passionate artist than a "professional". He mentioned that he really enjoyed my use of color in my portraits and how I seem to get "genuine" expressions out of my friends which I took as a big compliment. So I agreed to work with him and do some promo photos.
Two weeks later, I was doing some portraits of him and some group shots of his friends and potential constituents that he could use for his website and promotional material. We took these in his apartment. I go by the rule of "take 1,000 photos in the hopes that at least 10 of them would look good". I played with some of my stand lights and my soft box remote flash. I wish my focus was a little better on some of these, but I am pretty pleased with how these turned out, considering how quickly the whole shoot came together. I really wish Ture the best in his campaign and his hope to bring real positive change to Boston.
So first off, I have to say I am a real whiny baby about shooting photos outside in the cold. I've been wanting to do something fun and new since the holidays, but with how "fun" and cold it is in New England, I have not wanted to put myself outside and I couldn't think of any project I could do indoors without a studio. However, I couldn't take it anymore after a few months and just had to shoot something, anything. Luckily, I have good friends who don't mind if I am weird and ask to take photos of them.
My buddy Thom was visiting and we decided to go to our favorite bar. He was cool with me just snapping some photos while we hung out and drank. It also gave me a chance to try out my new Ice Light I got over the holidays. This shoot was really interesting for a few reasons. One because I had no "theme" in mind I just wanted to see how I could be just taking photos of natural reactions of people. I didn't ask Thom to pose, just to keep talking and I would do my best to get some natural reactions out of him. This also gave me a chance to try playing with low lighting and seeing how the Ice Light could affect the look of the photo. I am still pretty new when it comes to lighting a scene, and I did not have a light stand with me, so I was just propping the light up on the bar table or whatever was available. I definitely still think I need to work on how I can place a light to get the look and feel I want, but I am very happy with how these came out.
Once again, huge thanks to Thom for just letting me be weird and play with photos. Next beer is on me buddy.