I grew up in France with a family of artists and art lovers. Art, music, and cinema were always at the center of our conversations and many of our activities. Museums and exhibits are always a favorite place to go. Photography has always stolen my heart. I took a break from law school to attend art school in Paris and loved every minute of it. I moved to NY for my master's degree and have been here ever since 20 years!
I didn't. I taught myself. 46 Years of cultural accumulation all over the world and academic research skills started it, then reading, personal research, practice, trial and error, and finally workshops.
I love the idea of continuous education. The beauty of photography is that you never learn. There are always new techniques, new projects, new ideas, and more places and faces to capture. Love the job until the day you die!
I've had the chance to experience real moments during filming. Tears were shed during and after. The images that came out still tear me to this day. When the people in those pictures hug me and thank me for something beyond special, that's when I know I'm doing it right. I know I have a purpose. It's incredibly touching and rewarding to offer true emotions to others.
Deep emotions. True moments. Real people. I can't get enough.
"Achilles" is a combination of all the skills I'm proud of. Minimal setup, no makeup, no thrills, or frills. Quick shot, yet yields a poetic mood with boundless stories behind it. I have been taking what I call 'box portraits' for a while and I love the frame and simplicity that gently focuses on each of my subjects. I chose this one in my box portrait series because it encompasses all my favorite things, mood, textures, colors, pose, light, and story.
Fine Art Portrait is my brand and skill. Getting a certificate that validates just that means the world!
Make sure you optimize every bit of a tool before you rush into upgrades because a good photo is NOT about the tool. It's first and foremost about how much you can hone your skills with what you have. It pushes you to look at the light and get creative.
It's priceless to learn from masters and others but trust your vision. There are no two stories in this area. As long as you love what you create, it's all worth it.
Helene McGuire grew up in a family of artists and art lovers in France. She moved to New York for her master's degree and taught herself photography.
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