May 2011 Portraits of Philly

May was a challenging month for my portraits project.  I really didn’t get out to shoot very much because a lot was going on in my personal life and I didn’t really have the heart to make things happen.  Plus the weather was rainy and wet most of the time, which also contributed to my overall malaise.

At any rate, I reviewed my files and chose the below images for this month.

Kevin. Taken May 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA

Back story:  I approached this handsome gentleman in Germantown, on Chelten Avenue and asked to take his portrait.  He asked me what it was for and I told him it was for a photo project I was working on.  He smiled and agreed to allow me to capture a few frames.  The first few were a challenge because of the shadows cast by the early evening sun, but he was a good sport, turning around so that I could get this final shot.

The Hat. Taken May 7, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA

Back story:  I breezed through a neighborhood festival, hoping to get some candid portraits.  This woman caught my eye because of her unusual hat.  I shot this one from the hip because I wanted to be inconspicuous.  After this capture, I decided to call it quits because my heart just wasn’t in it and I wanted to find a spot to just sit and chill.  At any rate, in post, as I was reviewing my shots,  I was really thrilled about this image because of the unusual reflection in her sunglasses.  This one was a win for that reason alone.

Post Script:  It’s not that I’m disappointed in my output for the month of May, I just had a lot of high hopes for getting more images.  But I guess a couple of good portraits beats 10 or 20 mediocre ones, right?  Despite the fact that a number of factors out of my control conspired to put a damper on things, I have a lot to be grateful for, so I just focus on my blessings, not those things that are out of my control.

At any rate, I’m really looking forward to being more productive and enthusiastic in June.  I’m not looking forward to sweating it out in the hot weather again, but that’s the cost of doing business as a photographer.  The weather will never be perfect.

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