30 Strangers 2012
You might be asking yourself these questions
Can I see what you’ve done in the past?
You sure can. Take a look at this gallery of 30 Strangers from 2011. You can also check out 2010, 2009 and 2008. And here’s where you can see more of my portrait work.
What type of person are you looking for?
A mother and daughter combination. What would be even better than that would be a grandmother, mother and daughter. What would be even better than that would be a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, daughter. What would be even better than that would be any of those groups I just mentioned, but when they came to the studio, they brought me a pie or a Henry Wienhard’s vanilla creme soda.
If you have a compelling story about your mother/daughter relationship then that’s a big plus. Tell me something great about the both of you, or a trial you’ve overcome, or something unique about your life or relationship.
Can I include more than one of my daughters?
You’re welcome to bring them and if there is time, we can photograph you all together. For this project, however, I am looking for one person from each generation. (Check out some examples from previous years.) That is the focus of the project and I can’t guarantee that we’ll have time for anything beyond that. (But we’ll probably have time, and come on, what am I going to do, turn away your other two daughters? Look at them. All dressed up and that one is wearing make up. She never wears make up.)
How long do the portrait sessions last?
Usually about 1 hour. Sometimes less, sometimes a little more.
When can I see the photographs from my session?
Before you come to be photographed, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to also view your images. You’ll see them in the studio, where we’ll look at them together. I’ll also update the blog daily with favorites. If you are coming from out of town and are unable to return to the studio to view the images, we have an alternative for you.
Why are you doing this?
There’s something about a project with structure and tight parameters that fuels the creation of an expressive body of work, in this case, exploring the relationship between mothers and daughters. I love being a portrait photographer. Making images that move people and offer a sense of the subject’s personality is deeply fulfilling.
I’m also looking forward to raising money and awareness for the Center for Women and Children in Crisis, an organization founded on protecting these vital relationships. I can’t wait to see who walks through the door and the images we’ll make. This is my fifth year doing the 30 Strangers project and I look forward to this from the time I finish the last one until it begins again. I absolutely love working on this and making new friends.
I am extremely beautiful. Will you be intimidated by my good looks?
Probably not. I’m married to a very beautiful girl, so I’m used to being around lovely people.
Has this project ever been featured on Studio 5 or in Professional Photographer magazine?
As a matter of fact, yes. Here’s the tv spot from Studio 5, and here is something about the article in Professional Photographer magazine.
Have you ever ridden a camel?
Well no, but what does that have to do with this project?
Do these pants make me look fat?
Are you kidding me? You look fabulous! I wish I had a picture of you.