I’ve always told everyone that I’m a people photographer. I love photographing genuine smiles and getting to know them. It’s fascinating because I’m not just snapping plain ol’ boring images; I’m documenting a time in their lives, or a special occasion, that can not be re-created, whether it’s an engagement, wedding, or anniversary. To be able to create images that truly reflect their personalities is why I love photography.
I get asked by so many people why I don’t do other kinds of photography – product, food, landscape, etc. For some reason, they just don’t seem too appealing to me. I mean, I’d much rather use photographs to tell a story, especially when there’s people and emotion involved, that being said, I still enjoy photographing other things that I don’t get to photograph on a regular basis; I had the guilty pleasure of photographing a few menu items from Dolphin Seafood in Harvard Square.
Here’s how it went down. I found a small table farthest away from the windows so I didn’t have to worry about ambient light and I didn’t have to crank up my flash power as high. All the tables were black with a thick wooden yellow border around them. Took a test shot, the border was too distracting; luckily, they had black napkins, so I used a few of them as table cloth. It worked great, though I had to do some dodging and burning in Photoshop. Here are the results:
p.s. I forgot to switch back to RAW so I shot all of these in basic JPEGs. Luckily I had my color balance and exposure right in camera so it was no big deal.