When Rômulo Morishita Ueda approached me few weeks ago with pretty usual photography request my first response in my head was “Naaaah! Can’t really do it”.
And his request was pretty simple. Rômulo needed an updated personal portrait taken for his website. What makes his request complicated is two things: he’s a good buddy of mine AND he’s a photographer himself.
And even though I take pride in taking someone’s vision and turning it into the image, I’ll be honest- I wasn’t too excited this time. I am not big fan of photographing headshots and portraits of my friends and I always get stressed out when I run into another photo professional I need to take pictures for. Wouldn’t you?
I had a bride once who’s dad was a photojournalist for 20 years. I caught him observing me during the wedding numerous times. And even though we ended up creating a nice relationship, the feeling that your skills are being watched definitely added challenge to the my photography that day. Pheeew!
Rômulo however (the bright side of communication with another professional photographer) eased this challenge quite a bit up for me by giving complete freedom how to approach this assignment. While we were digging deeper on what message he wants to send to his potential clients with that personal portrait, the our photography approach started to come together.
His personal portrait was going to show exact same person who Rômulo was: someone who is very approachable, is unobtrusive, stylish, calm, and serious.
So one cloudy morning we’ve met in Madison’s downtown and went on the adventure. I photographed him in several locations that we would find on the go.
At the end of the session we stopped by my office/small photo studio and finished portrait photo shoot with some moody, bold and straightforward portraits.
Images below is a result of two people communication before and during the portrait session.
I am confident that we have achieved our goals.