Several years ago I brought Lewis into the studio for a portrait shoot using a Lensbaby. It turned out to be such a fun little exercise that we decided to repeat it once or twice a year. Three years later we finally got around to session number 2.
Despite my lack of follow through I did think about this regularly, contemplating what I could do to capture Lewis in a way that was new and different from the first time. One of the things that has changed in the last three years is that Lewis now wears glasses. I decided to try an approach that would highlight them, lighting Lewis from behind in a way that would capture the shape of his “new” profile.
My original idea was to capture Lewis’ silhouette with just the slightest bit of light wrapping around the edge of his face to provide a touch of detail. I knew this approach would highlight the glasses and was pleased with the results. Following Lewis, I captured a shot of Darla that really appealed to me as well. After getting home and examining the images, I decided that I wanted to try the same approach with Lewis that I had used with Darla. Session number 3 took place a couple weeks later. Lewis is still largely silhouetted—though not to the same degree—and this time without his glasses.
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