Drink and Click Portrait: Todd

Todd, Drink and Click Portrait - Austin, Texas

Todd, Drink and Click Portrait – Austin, Texas

Here’s one last ring light portrait in this series. Almost all of the models at Drink and Clicks are women. Todd is one of the few male models who regularly come to the events.

I first met Todd several years ago at Precision Camera University as part of the crew of models. Since then we’ve bumped into each other from time to time. He’s had really complimentary things to say about my black and white portraits but you can say I’m currently in my ring light experimental phase. I don’t own a ring light. I just use one that Juan, the originator of Drink and Click, sets up at the event.

Over the years, I’ve gotten famous at the Austin Drink and Clicks for my black and white portraits. In fact, I’ve noticed more people posting similar monochromes. I have no idea if I was the influence, but that tells me that I need to do something different. I’m not giving up on my black and white portraits; rest assured it’s a style I like. But, it’s always good to shake things up with something different.

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3 thoughts on “Drink and Click Portrait: Todd

  1. It’s not just Drink n Click – I think you’re becoming generally famous in the Austin photographic community. If I had a dollar for every photographer I’ve met who says, “Hey, you should check out this local guy’s blog…”. I don’t think I’ve been in Precision Camera the last year or two and not overheard somebody talking about you or your blog. At least I can say I knew that guy when he was lugging around a 20D on a tripod. 🙂

    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So what if people try to copy? Do they have a successful blog or are they just kicking out snaps on social media like every other Joe Photographer? I wouldn’t change my style because other people are doing something similar. My opinion is worth what you pay for it, but I think your black and white portraits are absolutely among your best work. You are truly talented at it. If you like it, then keep it up. If you’re over it, ah well. I enjoyed it while it lasted.

    1. Hi Mike,

      Thanks for the feedback. As you know, blogging is a pretty lonely activity. You generally don’t get much feedback and you have no idea what kind of impact you are making. Or how “famous” you might be in a very particular area.

      Experimenting with ring light portraits does not preclude me from doing the black and white portraits. Art, by its nature, is creative. That means trying new things, even if it may be strange, polarizing, or unpopular. The ring light portraits may be a creative dead end but the exploration of new things is the real value.

      The black and white portraits, however, are here to stay.

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