Things are coming along great at The Selma Portrait Project. I feel like I have hit a stride that is working for me and that I am comfortable in how many folks I am booking out each week. I can do about two people a day--usually one at 11:00 am and one in the afternoon around 2, 3 or 4. Sometimes I have people that can't make it until they get off work, so I've done portraits as late as 6:00 pm and 6:30.
I had one person not show yesterday morning and that was a little disappointing, but I am confident that I will be able to reschedule barring anything serious kept her from coming by the studio today.
With some of the extra time, Doug and I experimented with some new lighting and a desk we dragged out of my dad's shop and hauled into town to the studio. This portrait of me that Doug took really is starting to hit on what I am wanting these portraits to feel like. It has an "Annie Leibovitz" sensibility, without ripping her off (at least I think!).
It seems like the best place to photograph plates is while they are in the wash, so here is an example of a plate of Lorenzo Smiley washing at the studio...
I would love to have a more diverse representation of Selmians and am working to make sure that I have as accurate a representation as I can possibly have. Everyone keeps telling me I should photograph the Mayor and I want to very badly, so if you know him and can talk him into it...pass him along to me!
I don't want to regret not photographing anyone, and the more people I get to know, the more I really would like to photograph every Selmian. I know what Annie Leibovitz meant when she said she wanted to photograph everyone, everywhere.
I do need help finding those Selmians who are working to make a difference in the community. I'm sure that there are lots and lots of people who I haven't heard about, so if you have an idea of who I need to photograph, please pass my info along to them and tell them about the project. The best help I can get is word of mouth and putting in a good word for me!