In my last post, I talked a lot about storytelling. Stories engulf and inspire me. I gave a few examples of situations that could easily tell a story of their own: family outings or special events. Memories with an obvious beginning, middle and end.

But I also have a passion for portraiture— a shooting situation where there is no action to follow, only the subject in front of the camera. It’s a unique and delicate type of storytelling. Or perhaps storyhunting is a better term. The patience, the attention to detail, careful coaxing of the subject out of their comfort zone— it’s all done with the aim of glimpsing, even for a second, the authentic story guarded by each individual. Everyone has a unique and interesting story to tell. You just have to hunt for it.

Keeping this in mind, I’ve really been trying to work on my portaiture. I’m lucky enough to have good friends who model for me, and inspirational photographers to practice with. But this week, I had the opportunity to work with a different type of fellow creative than I normally get to work with— not a visual artist.

It was refreshing, fun shoot, and I will admit, I have a soft spot in my heart for the artists and creatives in the world. I’m a strong believer that as member of the unspoken worldwide artsy-type club, we should strive to work together— supporting each other and helping one another expand and grow. Because if we don’t support each other, why should anyone else?

So, I would like to introduce you to the subject of my recent shoot, Rafael. Rafael is an aspiring writer, who publishes his short stories and traveling adventures on his blog, The Things That Get Away. Check out the image below and some snippets of what he has to say about his writing.



“I write to set my world on fire, to give meaning to the in-between, to those moments so gray we sometimes don’t even remember.”



“We are all Poets in our own right, we are all survivors within our own existence, and I feel that I am simply a man who chooses to voice those things that are caged within.“



“Deeply, we are all just storytellers, and I write to not only tell my story but to shine light on the stories that I uncover and move me to a stop”


If you’d like to check out more of his work, head on over to his blog!

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I always love a good composition. Who doesnt?  A good compositions is intriguing, interesting, and purposefully leads the viewer’s eye throughout the composition to the focus of the image.  There are many tools a photographer can use to emphasize their subject, but in this post we’re going to focus on what I believe are the most crucial: light and lines.

I love lines. Like super loooove them. And out eyes love them, too. Eyes will automatically find lines to follow, anywhere and everywhere.  The lines provide paths for our eyes to follow, and it is no different in photography. If you use the lines in your environment when you frame an image, they will help the viewer’s eye enjoy the image, like walking along serene paths in a park. And of course, lead them right where you want the viewer to look.

There is no photography without light. No image can be created in a camera without light embracing the sensor or film. For me, using the light and shadows (there can’t be shadow without light either), strategically in a photograph to bring further focus and meaning to the image only makes sense. And I enjoy it. There is something magical about interesting lighting, and even more so when it’s used to create an interesting image.

Below, I have included some examples. The red circles indicated what I wanted to bring to the attention of the viewer. On the other hand, the arrows show how the lines (including edges and implied lines), light, or shadows, work together to emphasize and continually guide the viewers eye to the subject. I hope you enjoy!