If you would have told me 3 months ago that I would be trying to figure out a way to photograph a teen without even being physically present, I would have laughed in your face! But alas, here we are. In the middle of a pandemic and not allowed to work. When I can’t create portraits, I really struggle mentally. It’s like a piece of me is missing.
I follow many photographers in the industry. I enjoy seeing how people create in their own way. 2 photographers that I follow (Nicki Hufford and Audrey Woulard) shared their “Facetime photoshoots” a couple of weeks ago, and I was SO INSPIRED! I love to see our industry thinking outside of the box!
I decided to take the challenge and photograph one of my own Facetime Photoshoots with one of my clients, Mady.
This session was done entirely on iPhones. I was not present in person. Mady’s mom held the camera (thanks Jessica!). I am going to be honest and say that doing this session definitely stretched my creativity. I couldn’t see the entire surroundings live, so I had to really communicate effectively. This session really taught me a lot about communicating with clients as well as the limits of technology.
Cell phones are really great and all, but they definitely do not take the place of a professional camera. There are definite limitations with phone cameras (the phone doesn’t like to shoot into the sun), and the printing quality of these photos is basically zero. But I definitely think this shoot was a great way to shoot and create. Plus the photos are fun to post on social media.
So without further adieu, here are some of the photos from my Facetime Photoshoot with Mady (also, peep her dog Charlie).