I discovered photography when I first picked up my parents' digital camera at age 13; I fell in love with the art form as soon as I learned how to take the beauty that I saw in front of me and capture it on camera. Finding beauty in the ordinary came naturally to me, and the art of photography to me, at the time, was as simple as a click of a button. I started pursuing photography as a more serious hobby a few years back, and since then, as I learned and saw more of the world through the eyes of a semi-professional, photography became more complex. It was especially complicated when I started shooting for other people, and not just myself. Don't get me wrong - it was awesome! I loved learning how to mould other people's vision into my art. Portraiture photography quickly became a definite favorite of mine, as the essence of that genre is about being able to capture personalities and intimate emotions, so that people can have all of those preserved in a photograph.
At some point, however, as I learned more and more about photography techniques, gadgets and style, I somehow got lost in a sea of complexity. I found myself thinking more about the best gear available and the trendiest editing style. I would have so much fun trying all these new things, but at the end of the day, when I look back at the photographs, I would be disappointed by my photos' lack of "soul".
Then recently, someone asked me to take headshots for them. Headshots are relatively "easy", as not much posing is involved, and the most important take-away is a good picture of their head (hah!). There is no need for fancy gear or cool poses; there is no need for over-thinking. The biggy, though, is that a headshot, as simple as it may sound, needs to say a Lot. A successful headshot is one that enhances a person's best features and portrays one's personality; a good headshot tells you a story through the subject's eyes. This was just the project I needed to remind me of what I do best as a photographer :)
Oh the power of a headshot - it says so much with so little. Now I just need to remember to approach everything else similarly ;)