She was five. He was seven. Cute as a button. I was probably about 13 years old, and hence less button-like. I’ve always appreciated the Mullins siblings for being a very creative and authentic. You know those people who don’t care what you think? That’s them. They’re nice, kind, compassionate, just don’t have the time of day for being anything else other than what they feel is true to themselves. So you know how us creatives have a tendency to gravitate towards each other… I was in town, bought a giant reflector, and had a day off to explore and experiment. It was definitely a good day. Not only are they ridiculously photogenic, but they’re also perfectly good and cool sports about everything. I will never forget laying down on the Capitol Hill mall and noticing a couple stopping strangers to have their photo taken. They were standing in front of the Washington memorial, which was backlit. They would politely stop one stranger, pose, look at the photo… thank them… then ask the next stranger. They didn’t seem conceited or high-maintenance. Lydia and I took a look and said “Their photo is backlit, just silhouettes…” we were this close to running over there with out 40 inch umbrella to reflect them and give them a run for their money… but shyness got in the way. I have since vowed to be brave and give random strangers photos of them that I’ve taken and like, and they always appreciate it! Here’s us geeky kids doing our thing.
she’s my guinea pig. ask any photographer how they got started or who they turn to when they want to experiment with new a new concept or technique and they will all tell you the same: family. i am lucky enough to have this absolutely crazy sister who trusts me with just about anything. i was on spring break and not traveling (for a change) and i suddenly felt the urge to take my camera out for a spin. i called anna up and she was here within the hour for an evening of walking around, laughing at anything and everything, and of course… going into the woods at night and making her lie down in front of a car. like i said, she’s up for anything, and it’s definitely part of her charm.
we talked about it forever, and we finally went for it. this fall pablo alonso and i finally arranged out schedules to meet up for a photo session. it is a common frustration with photographers to find that most everyone else in their lives has nice and updated portraits while their own are just not as updated or lacking some creativity. it is also common among photographers to take matters into their own hands and exchange sessions with other photographers. its win-win. so this was the time for pablo and i to play the game. we decided on an urban location and had a great time geeking out. i have to admit that i was a bit nervous as this was my first time photographing a photographer, but all in all i am glad we decided to give it a shot. pun intended.