With a long-time passion for photography, I’ve managed to capture people at their most comfortable state, being themselves in front of the camera. My two portrait studios, located in Pasadena and Long Beach, have broadened my photography spectrum to include baby photography, maternity photography, child photography, family photography, dog photography and boudoir photography. For Linus Galleries’ past art show, “It’s Only Natural”, I took more photographs for my artist portrait series centering the idea around some of the artists whose work was chosen to be part of the art exhibition. This portrait series opened the door to gaining a different perspective into the artists’ creative process.
While being photographed, every artist’s individuality flourished, making it perfect to get incredibly expressive images. Artists, such as Doug Sandelin, show how natural the atmosphere was during the photography sessions. Having years of experience reinforces my intuitive process to producing animated photographs such as these. Black or white backgrounds help to enliven the artist’s personality, something rarely seen by only looking at the art. Artwork is enhanced with the humanizing quality portraits bring about; the series puts artists in a more appealing and relatable position, no longer hiding within the details of their art pieces.
These portraits are a way for me to build a stronger bond with the participating artists, allowing my art gallery to become a supportive resource for their artistic endeavors. The portraits also serve as gifts for the artists, pushing them in a motivational way and helping them feel comfortable to self-promote. The artist portrait series is a stepping stone for the initial stages of a future project at Linus Galleries. I plan to have these portraits showcased next to their respective artist’s artwork. This prospective project will allow viewers to put a face to the creative mind being exposed through the artwork collection.