Behind the Shot / Why I Love this Portrait
For starters, Lawrence Dallaglio needs little introduction.
Former Wasps player and England rugby captain with 85 caps, his career has been pretty incredible. Not only that, he’s a very lovely guy and I was grateful for him taking a few minutes out of a busy day to sit in front of the camera for me.
Going into a portrait session, I have a general idea of how I’m going to light and pose someone, but each subject is different and a ‘one pose fits all’ approach in portrait photography definitely doesn’t work.
Some subjects just fall into a natural way of sitting, and although I may add a small amount of direction, this can sometimes be just absolute gold.
Lawrence did just that for me and I knew as soon as I had reviewed the image that I had the shot I wanted.
How do I know? Well, if an image I’ve taken speaks to me somehow, makes me stop for a moment and consider what the subject is thinking about, then that is what it’s all about.
I try to convey a feeling of quiet and thoughtfulness in my portrait photography, and in this busy world we live in that can only be a welcome thing I reckon.