As photographer specializing in portraits, I’m not just looking for the right person but also the right place in which to tell a story about the subject and his or her relationship to a particular environment.
The photographs that I create strike a balance between the person and the place. The place is important, but I work very hard to not allow the location to overpower the essence of the subject.
The photograph above was taken in Del Mar which is a magnificent location with sweeping views of the Pacific. It was taken in the exact spot as one of my favorite self-produced stock photography sessions.
As you can see from the results of my finished session, the environment and ocean background have been diminished with the camera. This was a deliberate decision to intentionally reduce the depth of field in order to capture what I consider to be the best part of my subject.
From a technical and craft standpoint it was very easy to reduce the impact of the stunning vista, but from a creative standpoint it was harder than you might think.
But as a creator of images I’m lucky that I was able to capture both versions. The ocean image stands on its own in the genre of landscape photography and the portrait uses the same view as a mere component to a signature portrait.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.