Portraits can be so powerful.

As a photographer, I love capturing different moments in time, different moments with an individual.

Portraits of your subject when they’re smiling is very important, but there are other emotions I feel that are just as important, the ones where they are maybe caught a little off-guard, where things aren’t forced, where things just flow.

I recently photographed a long time friend, Stephen. Stephen is one of the nicest people I know and always has a smile on his face. Stephen is also a photographer.

We were just doing some light testing and goofing around but I’m really happy with the selection of images I captured of him.

From the usual Stephen smiles




To laughter and distraction


To moments that are a little more vulnerable


This one is perhaps my favourite


When I’m photographing someone, I have a conversation with them, this allows me focus on capturing the moments in-between the moments. The moments where the face changes, the eyes change and emotions you didn’t think would be there, appear.

All images captured on the Fujifilm X_T2 with the 56mm f/1.2 lens and edited in Alien Skin Exposure X2.

~ kate