The Pounds Community is pleased to feature Lewis and Carol Kincheloe in our Signature Portrait Series. When we asked the Kincheloes to participate, they headed off to one of their favorite locations with an unusual prop in tow. Even though their session seemed vexed by the weather and the cancellation of their photographer, they produced an outstanding image by virtue of their can-do attitude and their creative vision. We asked them to tell us what happened during the shoot and how their portrait illustrates their signature style. See our profile of the Kincheloes. Then, read on for the Behind the Scenes details of their amazing portrait.
Who was your Signature portrait taken by?
We were rained out on our original session day. We finally had a nice evening and decided to make it a self-portrait and just set the camera on self-timer.
How did you decide on that location?
We have so many interest ing locations in our area. This was the background we used for our son Travis’ graduation announcements last year.
What is distinctive about your style of photography and what makes this your Signature Portrait?
If I have a senior that comes in and doesn’t want to be here or seems nervous about being in front of the camera, I’ll have them sit in the barber chair. I’ll spin them around and do a few shots and get them laughing. This usually loosens them up and lets them know we’re going to have fun during their session.
Did anything funny or interesting happen during this shoot ?
We only had about 15 minutes of daylight remaining for the shoot. We were unloading and setting up in the street as fast as we could. Once we started, I had to run back and forth to grab the tripod when a car was coming. We h ad three or four cars that just kept doing a loop around the block wondering what the heck we were up to. I think we ended up with 11 shots to choose from.
How did you feel in front of the camera and did you learn anything that will help you when you are photographing other people?
After I chimped the first shot, I saw I was just standing there with no pose, no expression, and no energy. It reminded me of why we are the professionals and the importance in placing people in the right spot, in the right light – and our job of helping to set the tone or mood for the image.