Photography : Portraits

“A person is a collage of people warring to become a portrait.” ― Jenim Dibie

Underwater Reflections
Underwater Reflections

Floating heavenly in a red dress, she reminds me of a water nymph or an underwater goddess. Since she is a scuba instructor, the title is fitting. This is my sister, and the shot was taken during my birthday party. THIS SHOT WAS TAKEN AT NIGHT USING ONLY THE DIM POOL LIGHT- NO FLASH, NO EDITS- 100% original, untouched! What makes this shot possible is the new Canon 5Ds camera having no static at high ISO.

Underwater Figurine
Underwater Figurine

Conjuring up images of a superhero, or Jesus, or a figurine ballerina, my sister splashed into the water for the start of our fun photoshoot. Over the hour, the first shot (this one) and nearly last shot were my favorite.

President Jimmy Carter ~ A Portrait
President Jimmy Carter ~ A Portrait

It was an honor capturing this portrait of President Jimmy Carter. Sharing the greenroom with him for an hour was a special moment. When I asked his wife Rosalynn what the necklace secretly tucked under her blouse was, she quietly showed me it was his Nobel Peace Prize. They are very sweet and humble people.

Two Bodies, One Spirit ~ Beast & Man
Two Bodies, One Spirit ~ Beast & Man

This wild pony approached me and wanted head snuggles for about 40 amazing minutes, what a moment. After camping out with the Onaqui herd for a week, I was photographing them at sunset when this one came up and took a liking to me. Holding a heavy DSLR out backwards on an extended arm and guessing for the best focus was a challenge. Best selfie I've ever taken.

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Native Lenape storyteller Michael Pace smiles before an interview where he recounts ancient cultural stories with me. One story alone could last 40 minutes.

Portrait of a Native Storyteller
Portrait of a Native Storyteller

Native Lenape storyteller Michael Pace smiles before an interview where he recounts ancient cultural stories with me. One story alone could last 40 minutes.

“The reason some portraits don't look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.” ― Salvador Dalí