Minneapolis Portraits Session | Kenilworth Trail
As a wedding photographer, a large part of my job is capturing the moments of the day in a sincere & honest way as they unfold. But a huge part of my job is portraiture, producing a collection of images that represent an individual and which are as varied & fresh as their personality. I love doing portrait sessions. It gives me an opportunity to slow down and to get to know someone. Whether it's a Minneapolis senior portraits session or an engagement session, being in front of the camera is often an eye-opening and vulnerable experience. Working with Mikaela on this session was nothing short of a great and rewarding experience. We established a level of trust by chatting before the session and then dived right in, open and willing to experiment.
All of the images you see here were shot on the Contax 645 camera, using Kodak Portra 400 film. I scanned the images at Richard Photo Lab, based in Los Angeles - my chosen lab for processing film. The "Contax 645" look is intimate, with wonderful bokeh (the aesthetic quality of the blurred background), and beautiful sharpness and color rendition.
Mikaela was playful and fun during our session. I admired her carefree nature when approaching poses. In general, I like to give my subjects a few marks to hit when posing, so I capture them in the process of an action. This makes the poses feel more authentic and less forced.
The Kenilworth Trail is a marvelous spot for any portraits session. Based in Minneapolis, this trail feels like a prairie countryside. It is well-kept and rustic, and basically just astonishing that you're only minutes from downtown Minneapolis here. You feel quietly cocooned from the hustle and bustle of the city. I've seen fawns, doe deer, rabbit, and other animals here - enhancing the feeling of being on a magical prairie far from the noise and clamor of the downtown area. It is one of my favorite places to shoot.