I was working with a client on a graphic design project, and during some casual conversation, she mentioned her upcoming 30th wedding anniversary. I suggested she and her husband commemorate it with a portrait, and they agreed. I thought an environmental portrait would be nice. I had been to their home before, and I remembered how proud they were of their art collection. I hoped I could capture their spirit as collectors by picturing them among their art.
We chose to do it in the morning when they suggested the window light would be good in the living room. The day was sunny and the light was excellent, so all I had to do was fill in the light on the side opposite the window with a small strobe. I had hoped to include more art, but unfortunately, it was hung high and the sofa was really low.
I found it a nice compliment that my clients chose two photos. While they’re similar, the first one engages the viewer by their looking into the camera, and the second captures a genuine moment between the couple.