I've known Vance for some time now. We went to the same college, and I had worked with him on some t-shirt design, and had lots of mutual friends. So naturally when he moved to Nashville we became better friends. Vance has one of my favorite qualities: you can always have a deep conversation with him and he won't sugar coat what he's thinking about even if he doesn't agree with you. He loves the outdoors and likes photography, so naturally when I asked him if we could do a shoot we went outside. He happens to live in the outskirts of Nashville on a lot of land, so we went exploring.
Lessons in photography:
I used a 50mm lens on my Canon 60d, forcing me to focus on the subject and not the entire landscape. It was a great way to focus on my light sources, and how much I wanted to actually focus on the person. The goal was to try to capture Vance's essence. As we took pictures, I realized that he was a little overdressed in relation to who Vance really is. His essence is simple and straightforward, just like his love for nature, and how nature presents a simple beauty just by being in its full essence. So my favorites are the ones where he's wearing a hat, I think those pictures give a better glimpse of Vance.
On the flip-side, this photography adventure included him practicing with his camera, and taking pictures of me. I quickly found out that I'm way more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. All in all it was a lovely Saturday afternoon. Without further ado, the many faces of Vance. Enjoy!