In 1998 I made a major career change from Art Therapist to portrait photographer. Part of the pleasure of learning how to use a camera was the knowledge that I could now take photos of myself. So one day I spent an afternoon in our loft studio with a five foot shutter release cable and my camera on a tripod. I found a spot where the sunlight was streaming through the window and settled myself down on the floor. Making strategic composition I hoped I was in the frame (though I turned out not to be completely) and proceeded to snap off a roll of film. This picture was one of my favorites from the session. And stayed a favorite for many years. It captured all the fierceness and vulnerability I was feeling at the time.
Taking my own photos over the years reminds me that how we see ourselves is not always how others will see us. As a portrait photographer by trade I know how to find flattering poses, coax out natural smiles and engage my subjects to bring out their best. What I also know is that given a private space and the right tools my clients would be able to capture something of themselves that they might not willingly reveal to me.
This is where the idea for Foto Playground™ germinated. Over the years I toyed with offering this service at the studio but it was only recently that technology made things much easier. From personal self-explorations to raucous parties with friends - I can't wait to see who takes a ride.