After weeks of uncertainty, I finally decided to submit some portraits for competition in the Canyon County Fair. It's still our first year in operation, and many seasoned photographers submit their own photographs each year. As I looked through the possibilities for portraits to submit, I decided on two.
This is a portrait of Wesley Taylor. At the time of the photograph, he was a senior at Skyview High School in Nampa.He had been looking forward to having senior portraits taken and on the day that we got together for this photograph, he was also taking family portraits with the rest of his family. When we reached a break from the family groupings, Wes and I went into the back yard and spent some time on his senior portraits.
Wes's portrait received some editing to add some additional color saturation and texture to the areas surrounding him. These enhancements added visual impact and a contemporary style to a senior portrait.
This second portrait is of Ashtein Cannon. Ashtein was a senior at Vallivue High School at the time that her portrait was taken. Ashtein and I met on the day of her senior session and we got to know each other while we photographed her session. In Ashtein's photograph, I had her stand in the doorway of an abandoned building. I added a Speedlight from inside the building to brighten up the background around her and to bring out the texture of the chipping paint on the door. A reflector was also added to bring up any shadows and to create the milky skin that would become part of the final image.
My editing of the photograph included some skin softening and black and white conversion to give the portrait a classic look.
The Canyon County Fair was a great opportunity to share these two beautiful portraits with our community. One portrait was awarded a ribbon in its class and was great validation of the quality of portraiture that we create for our clients.