In July of 2009, my older brother, Mickael, hosted a barbecue at our parents' house (there's a little more about that here.)
This was the first of three moments that I’ve hung out with my brother and I eventually take a few portraits of him. It's almost becoming a yearly ritual. The second time, in 2011, can be found here. Mickael is rarely camera shy and is always ready to make a face or strike a grand pose.
Early on, I used to intentionally think about White Balance when photographing for fun. I used to notice, while watching movies, that certain films/directors had an intentional attitude about light and color in order to set moods or aid in their storytelling. That idea/technique inspired me. In this case, while there is not a story behind these images, I still wanted to consciously play with blue for a cooler feel.
These images were taken at our parents’ home in Stamford, CT. We eventually went inside and I wanted to try and create something "dramatic." Window light is the most desirable lighting condition for indoor portrait photography, IMHO. It's simple, soft and clean. Even when it comes to creating light with diffusers, panels, etc, I always read on blogs that the photographers were "...trying to mimic window light..."
When first starting photography, I would regularly call Photographer, Jenna Brie Henderson; a great mentor. In one of our conversations she lauded window light as well. Describing her process for wedding portraits she said something to the effect of,
"The first thing I do is find the nearest window and I drag my bride over to it..."
Our father's office has skylights and I was pleased with a few of the shots capturing their light/angle of light.