The two most important things for me in a portrait of a face: the eyes and skin. I always find myself coming in close. No matter how far away I start, the final edit always comes down to just the face, and the slightest hint of surroundings.
This is a portrait I captured of my boyfriend's cousin, Eva on a recent trip to Lake Michigan. She is a stunning girl, who has no idea yet how beautiful she is.
Below is a portrait I made two years ago of a friend, Marissa. The shoot started off as a fashion/lifestyle concept, and turned into an exploration of her face - eyes and skin. Seeing this same approach occur over and over in my work brings a sort of comfort. It means (to me) I am naturally repeating something that consistently results in the images I end up loving the most, and it reminds me what it is I truly love to photograph. People.