One of my many resolutions is to get to know San Francisco better. I have lived in the Bay Area my whole life and I just don’t take advantage of living near this world-class city. Exploring with a pal is always more fun. I also find that exploring with a camera in hand helps me see better. Lucky for me, my niece Caitlin was able to join me.
We started at Ft. Mason, walked along Marina Green, and ended up at the Palace of Fine Arts. Caitlin agreed to be part of my photography project. I set myself a few challenges. My inclination is always to draw in very close when I’m taking pictures of people. I just love to see their eyes. But this time I wanted to pull back a little and incorporate the person and the vista. And let’s face it, most scenery shots are much more interesting when there is a person in them to show scale and provide a focal point. Like this one of a bandshell-type structure made of old car hoods and mother boards at Ft. Mason:
Or a suggestion of the Palace of Fine Arts:
But Caitlin is so lovely, and we were having such a good time together, that I kept getting closer and closer:
With portrait sessions, I always set myself a secret goal. I love the fun shots, and the silly shots, and the model/fashion shots if my subject is into that. But among all that, I always hope to catch that one unguarded, authentic moment when my subject is just herself. Caitlin, this one breaks my heart.
Thank you, dear Caitlin, for your time and your patience and your company. What a gift! I can’t wait to do it again.
Next Sunday is Mother’s Day and I’m headed down to Santa Barbara. Hilary, I’m looking at you. Goleta Pier at sunset, baby! Good times.