Last Friday was the kind of Spring day that barely seemed possible last week and now feels a little like a dream this week. Mother Nature has waffled between Summer, Spring, and Winter for the past two months and I don't think I'm the only one feeling a little stir crazy. At the end of March, I asked the Bellefonte council for permission to offer portrait sessions with a twist at Talleyrand. The twist was the price.
I know that paying a professional photographer isn't always within someone's budget. Family photos can feel like a luxury when you're staring down the barrel of limited income and seemingly unlimited expenses, so I wanted to offer an alternative. "Pay What You Can" is my way of reaching out to folks who wouldn't normally consider paying a pro. There are, of course, some drawbacks to these sessions. First, they're short and have a limited number of download rights (Five in this case). Second, I schedule them during the week because the weekends are prime time for shooting.
I don't just limit this to family photos of course. Headshots, pet photos, just the kids, or whatever you have in mind that is appropriate for an outdoor public park. The sky is the limit and I'm open to experimenting a little as well.
Being the first time I've offered something like this, I didn't expect to have a full slate of people show up, but I was hopeful. As it turns out, I did a whole lot of sitting out and enjoying the sun. However, Jessica Olson did stop by and let me grab a few shots of her. One of the things I try and do with my work is make sure that the person I'm photographing feels comfortable so their personality can shine through. With these shots, I definitely feel like you get a sense of how joyful Jess can be but also that she can be a force to be reckoned with.