Fully embracing Portraits was born from my fascination with light. It all started at a Car Photography Workshop with the top guy on the planet who spoke almost entirely of light. Something started clicking, but I had a very long way to go.
After extensive training I made the leap.
The question, however, remains - Why Portraits?:
1. Regardless of field those who specialize tend to do a better job. They are known for that one thing and it shows.
2. The majority of my focus is in this one area. I know what I'm doing and am always ready for any challenge; since I've either seen it, done it or will learn it and can readily adjust.
3. Specialists are often experts in that one area, have a different perspective than those who do it all and are, therefore, on a different level.
4. There's not only the lighting and gear to master, but also to evolve for a specific purpose to be ready for anything. The discovery of new techniques is constant I'm able to improve by maximizing the gear that I already have without being distracted by a perceived need to upgrade.
5. With specialization comes a level of confidence that makes it look easy; even though it took a lot of time and effort to get "there".
6. There's so much to master and always something challenging to learn, understand and implement.
7. I really enjoy the "Portrait" community. It's very collaborative. There's a great dynamic where everyone's very helpful. We all develop our own constantly evolving styles and are glad to share and learn from each other.
8. Many of us own high-end cameras or we may even get very satisfying cell phone pictures. A common impulse is to view this as competition, but I consider just the opposite. This "photography" explosion has created a greater appreciation for the art with an ever increasing pursuit of excellence which, in turn, raises the entire photography community as one.