All images by Sam Dorado. Used with permission.
It has been a goal of mine to make portraits since I started learning the basics of photography. After a long while of avoiding it, I began dabbling in self portraiture after purchasing a GX7; implementing its remote shooting mode to experiment with lighting set-ups in my spare bedroom (examples here). From there, I moved on to photograph my partner which gave me a little experience on shooting another person. I liked the results of all these “studio” efforts but really wanted to make an attempt at environmental portraiture. I knew that the nature trail by my apartment would make the perfect setting to try this, but my partner is terrified of snakes and refuses to step foot in leaf littered terrain. So without any talent, I’ve just spent my time at Shingle Creek scouting sites and practicing general composition for when the opportunity did arise to shoot there.