This week my “Project 52″ theme challenged me to come up with a “Self Portrait.” I tried a few pictures by myself, but in my heart, I see myself as a relationship photographer. It’s what I love to capture most of all. So, I pulled my boys onto the bed where I was attempting a lifestyle type of portrait and everything sort of fell in to place.
I believe that family and love brings out the essence of a person. I know I certainly feel better and more natural with them there with me. There’s something magical that happens when people embrace one another. I really believe that if the connection is strong, the photograph will be too.
For this photograph, I set up my camera on a tripod with my 50 mm 1.4, used a 480ex speedlight on manual inserted rather manually (read shoved through and balanced on a chair…) into an 8 foot octabank. Yep. I had an octabank in my bedroom! The octabank is placed to my left. Then, I bounced the light back at myself with a silver 42″ reflector. I triggered it all using pocketwizards and a timer at first. Then I switched to asking my husband to press the shutter at key moments. Thank you Andy!
Project 52 is blog circle project that joins 15 photographers together around the world photographing a weekly theme for 52 weeks.
Please visit the talented Jessica Nelson next at The Gaggle Photography in Dayton MD to see her Self Portrait!
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