Portraits are all about two things: personality and light.

When taking a portrait, I want to capture the essence, the personality of an individual. I also like to use light by effectively casting shadows on the subject to add drama or a sense of dimension. Flat lighting seldom works, but, in the case of the fifth image below, it can be used under the right circumstances. In that shot, I wanted to capture the subject's bright-eyed look with just a hint of shadow, almost flat lighting.

Mary Rose, look at that smile!

Sarah, covergirl in the making

uncommon beauty... Sarah

Personality Plus...

...and she's smart, too

She's got the look...

Music is my inspiration...

Hugging the guitar

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