I planned to make some portraits of my parents during a home visit last week. I thought it would be on film, medium-format, and by an old TLR camera to hopefully create an old look.
Choosing a time when they are most relaxed, I let my mom and dad sit by the window. One big and soft light source. And the curtains were used to control the light on the face and on the background. Pretty simple setting, I guess.
The difficult part comes in the communication. It’s not a procedure of “1…2…3… smile” – to create something memorable. It takes time and practice to learn how to communicate, and I’m still very much in the learning phase. Though the photos are much closer to what I want to tell about my mom and dad, I still think there is rooms for improvement… Maybe even closer. Maybe better communication. Maybe next time.