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Portrait Photography

Welcome to my world behind the camera! Join me as I take you on a journey through a recent portrait photography session at the exquisite Four Seasons. From client interactions to post-processing techniques, I'll share the intricacies of my craft and the artistry that goes into every shot.

Stepping into the Four Seasons, I felt a rush of excitement for the portrait session ahead. Armed with my trusty Canon R5 and an array of prime lenses, I was ready to capture the essence of my client's personality and professionalism.

Meeting Gordon, my client for the day, was a delightful experience. We delved into discussions about his aspirations, wardrobe preferences, and desired image outcomes. Understanding his vision allowed me to tailor the session to his unique needs, ensuring a collaborative and rewarding experience.

Posing and Composition:
As a photographer, I believe in capturing authenticity above all else. Guiding Gordon through poses that felt natural and reflective of his personality was key. From subtle gestures to confident stances, each shot aimed to convey approachability and authority, striking the perfect balance for his professional brand.

Throughout the session, I experimented with different lenses and shooting styles, seeking to capture a diverse range of images. From intimate close-ups to expansive environmental shots, each frame told a story, versatility, and charisma.


Post-Processing and Editing:
Back at my editing station, I immersed myself in the world of post-processing. Leveraging tools like Imagen AI and Lightroom, I fine-tuned each image with a delicate touch, enhancing skin tones and refining exposures while preserving the authenticity of the moment.


As the session drew to a close, I couldn't help but feel a sense of fulfillment. Through collaboration and creativity, I had the privilege of capturing timeless portraits that reflected Gordon's essence. From the vibrant energy of the shoot to the quiet moments of post-processing, it's moments like these that remind me why I love what I do.


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