Photography has been a big part of my life for nearly six years now. During that time, my primary interest and focus has been on travel and landscape photography. I've occasionally delved into street photography, but for the most part, the images I've shared are devoid of people. The reasoning behind this isn't what you might think. You see, the reason I don't generally photograph people isn't because of a lack of interest. It's because the idea of photographing people has always intimidated me. Being someone that doesn't care to have his picture taken, the idea of pointing a camera at someone else has always made me somewhat uncomfortable.
Something changed recently though; I married the love of my life. And as you might expect, getting married meant spending a lot of time in front of the camera. While this didn't make me any more comfortable with being photographed, it did give me some insight into the interactions between a photographer and his subjects. This in turn, gave me more confidence about photographing other people.
I had an opportunity to put this new found confidence to good use recently during a session for some good friends of ours. This time around, instead of feeling self-conscious, I found myself more relaxed which made it easier to engage and to direct. While I'm a long ways from calling myself a lifestyle photographer, I do feel that I've managed to turn a corner in terms of photographing people. I hope to have more opportunities to explore this type of photography soon. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite images from the time I spend photographing our friends.