I love making photos right before sunset or right before sunrise. The light is warm and low. There are no harsh shadows. Its warmth softens everything it touches. So when musician Jackson Eli Grothe needed some new publicity shots, we set up an afternoon session. John Doty, my husband, helped me with reflectors to get some nice fill. In the photo above, the sun was minutes from setting and we were in the open, so we were able to capture the warm tones. In the photo below, the sun was actually behind Jackson, its rays cutting through a stand of trees, so our reflector caught some cooler tones. We love the results of both locations.
Some photos don't make the cut for a project, but I like them anyway. The first photo is a favorite outtake from the Mujeres Poderosas project that will be on exhibit at The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History beginning March 4. It runs through Women's History Month.
I had roughly six weeks to photograph mini-stories on twelve women, which occasionally stretched my creativity. Fortunately the subjects were all incredibly helpful. They allowed me the freedom to try different locations and poses for the portrait portion of the project, as well as the part that required me to simply be a fly on the wall of their lives for a little while. This isn't a perfect photo but I love the attitude Susie's smile radiates and the way the violin shape mimics her body. The second photo is of a cherished memento.