an honest portrait : Christian

Mary Dougherty

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I'm a fine art film photographer living in the mountains and traveling to tell beautiful stories

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Senior pictures. I remember going to Stewarts (the studio everyone was required to go to) and feeling totally awkward as bright lights shown down and stunned me like a deer in the headlights. I hate those pictures. I don’t think it’s a good representation of myself at all. I look back and try to recognize who it is they captured, and wonder why I didn’t do something different with my hair.

When I have the chance to take senior pictures, I try to do the opposite of what was done to me. I want to capture an honest portrayal of each person…. full of hope and perhaps uncertainty, about to step out in to a great adventure. I’m not sure if I reach the high bar that I set, but it’s what I aim for.

A recent trip to Michigan brought me back just in time to take some pictures for Christian, someone who I can embarrassingly say I babysat years ago. Times have changed, and it was amazing to see the person he has grown in to. I just wanted to share this one, where he gave us a glimpse of himself with a steady stare into the camera.

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