I made these portraits for Jacob recently. He is learning to drive his grandfather's old pickup truck so we decided to head out to a lake close by because it seemed like the perfect place to go when you have a pickup truck on a hot day!
As I looked back on the portraits I made of Jacob one word kept coming to mind..."Authentic". I think what I am trying to convey in my portraits is a sense of authenticity. This comes through with the choice of locations, the expressions, and the way in which the person interacts with the landscape around them. Although this was a commissioned portrait session, I tried to find a narrative that fit the person I was photographing. I think this is what differentiates this work from glamour photography. With glamour photography there is a certain plastic feel to the imagery. It is all just too perfect. In these images the perfection comes from remaining natural and true to the spirt of the person I am photographing.