xWilliam came to me because he told me that a portrait of himself was something he’s always wanted to make. Of course, that’s music to my ears! I think portraits are something so wonderful to have of people you love, and yourself. They become a part of history, whether it’s your history, or your family’s. I found a photo of my husband’s grandfather, which I scanned, and then removed the scratches. I love the character this image shows. You can go too far in removing the scratches, which I’ve learned the hard way. It’s incredibly time consuming and I don’t do this for anyone but me. And I leave a lot of old artifacts behind, because I like the look of it. Old James Ransom, looks a little like Ebenezer Scrooge, don’t you think? But, I digress. Back to my new friend William.
William told me a portrait of himself was on his “bucket list.” Now that’s so neat! What a gift to his family. So we discussed his ideas, planned out the shoot, used several of the different outfits he brought, and i created a few lighting/background setups, several in fact, since he was such a good sport and was patient and really enjoying the experience. William is a dance teacher, who has his own studio, and we met a year ago when I was doing some photographs for another studio. I always have music playing for my photoshoots, to compensate for the times I’m thinking. I try to keep people comfortable by talking and getting to know them, but sometimes I have to think and evaluate what I’ve got. William was absolutely wonderful, and at one time, got to dancing to the music I was playing. I like to get a range of images for sessions like these, that are portraits, and not simply a headshot. I wanted something compelling, and interesting, that showed something of William that isn’t readily apparent at first. Something about connection and character. This is one of the images we made. We made the connection, and for William, it’s something of history now. For me, it’s art.