My Favorite Portrait Photographs of 2018
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I wish I could sit with each and every one of you that looks through these photos to tell you all about the people and the moments pictured below. Portrait photography continues to be the smallest portion of my photography work but I spend a lot of time thinking about it. This year I’ve finally shrugged off the various bits of advice I’ve gotten about taking portraits. I’m not a provocateur. I’m not trying to push anyone’s buttons. I want my portraits sessions to be a pleasant experience for both me and whoever I’m photographing. Slowly, I’m finding my footing.
Last year, I organized my favorite portraits by topic but this year I arranged things while traveling and everything is much more stream of consciousness. Here are a few photos I love and a few behind the scenes stories.
When Eli and I went to New York this past fall, we stayed at my friend’s place in the East Village and played roommates with her cat, Kitty. It was a pretty good roommate situation. In exchange for extra treats, Kitty didn’t fuss when I insisted on taking her photo every morning. In the evenings we amicably watched TV together. Kitty made pretty clear early on that she was uninterested in snuggles or kitten-like shenanigans but she did give us a few purrs when we scratched her head. It was a good deal.
This year, Eli and I visited Japan in late March to see the cherry blossoms in celebration of his 30th birthday. The entire trip was incredible but we found ourselves particularly smitten with this small town in the Nara prefecture. Often, it takes me a while to warm up to a place and the people there but in Yoshino everyone was so kind and friendly that everything felt easy and natural. The town has 20 some cedar mills and one of them and their work are pictured above and below.
Each year, I take on a handful of weddings. It’s always so important to me that I have enough time for the wedding and the subsequent photo editing. Like a weird puzzle everything has to align. My schedule, the couple’s schedule and our overall personalities. When it works, it’s incredible.
Women in charge
At the beginning of 2018, I worked on a tiny project with Tumblr to highlight my hopes for the year. I hopped for a year of unstoppable women and worked on the shoot with an incredible crew of ladies. A few brutal responses landed in my inbox and in the comments section but this year was great. A record number of women will be heading to Congress in 2019 and that feels pretty darn good.