In the age of technology, I am all for combining the natural features and aspects of humankind with technology to bring out the natural beauty with tools that allow me to do so. Yes, we see all sorts of visual enhancements of people through our everyday media – TV, magazines, Internet, however, I refuse to drastically alter my subject’s appearance.
I refuse to get rid of features that make my models THEM. Small distractions can go, but I make my portrait photography about the people, and people have imperfections that in the end of my post-processing work I want to bring out and show as beautiful.
This time I had the opportunity to shoot two beautiful young women – Diana Kopmane & Anta Grinvalde. The former, a full time Latvian model, currently resides in Denmark, while Anta, a choreographer and a dancer, is based in Latvia. It was so lovely to come together with women who embody such natural beauty, women who are connected with nature.
I cannot get enough of portraiture shot outside, whatever the weather, because people, and women in this case, do not live in white empty studios. Women live in cities, countryside and villages. Women have emotions, personalities and thoughts.