Here’s a dirty little photography secret: I don’t work in black and white because I’m artistic. I work in black and white because I’m lazy.*
“Don’t forget to take Jo her shirt!,” my wife would tell me every time Jo and I worked together. Jo had left the green, sheer, I guess “shirt?”, during one of our early shoots and it lived in the closet for about 18 months.
Every time I’d shoot Jo my wife would tell me the same thing and every time I’d forget. When it came to scheduling our latest session I was determined to not forget, going so far as to set a reminder on my phone.
Here’s how the session started.
“Hey, look! I finally remembered your shirt!”
“I don’t remember owning that shirt.”
Ok, maybe you had to be there. The point is that we recovered from our bout of sartorial awkwardness and incorporated it into our session, with the result being the photo above. We also incorporated her glasses for the first time, which are adorable on her.
Sometimes you just have to let the image speak for itself.
I am not going to lie: this capture was an instant-fav. We hadn’t even gotten started. Lilith, straight from the shower, was indulging in her traditional ritual of applying shea butter and I was goofing with the focus settings on my camera. This candid was one of the results.
I’m going to do my best to keep this short and sweet:
We don’t need social media.
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk!
Ok, fine: I’ll ellucidate. The great social media experiment has run its course and it is time to return to the traditional web, with site ownership and self-hosting as the foundation.