Fully embracing Portraits was born from my fascination with light. It all started at a Car Photography Workshop with the presenter speaking almost entirely of light.
Something started clicking, but I had a long way to go.
After extensive training I made the leap.
The question, though, 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.
3. Specialists have a different perspective than those who do it all and are, therefore, on a different level.
4. There's the lighting and gear to master, but also to evolve for a specific purpose. The discovery of new techniques is constant I'm able to improve by maximizing the gear that I already have with endlessly improving skills.
5. With specialization comes a level of confidence that makes it look easy.
6. 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 one another.
7. 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 excellence which, in turn, raises the entire photography community as one.