My journey into portrait photography was not a planned venture. Early on in my undergraduate studies, like many, I found myself low on my funds for... books and ledgers and the like... I have been blessed over the years to surround myself and befriend many gifted artists. These artists often need documentation. At first I was hesitant, not for lack of confidence, I had been photographing bands for years, how diffrent could it be right? Hesitant because I felt like a hack approaching what I considered then part of dreaded 'commercial photography'. I was sure I could produce technically sound headshots and candids that would suit their needs, but how would I tell stories, how would I leave viewers feeling those feelings we all want to feel? I went in expecting little artistic freedom and not expecting much of an experience. As with most things, I was very wrong. As I mentioned before, I had some very talented people around me. Their ability to emote and take direction was fantastic. I quickly stumbled upon the allure of portrait photography, its the act of working with a subject to capture those fleeting glimpses of transcendence. It became a challenge. Then, as a began to seek out more people to photograph I would run into people who would say things like "Oh, I'm not photogenic." or "I hate photos of myself" which, beyond being just a heartbreaking thing for someone to say, became a new challenge. Though portrait photography is certainly its own kind of monster, I've learned to love the fight.