Two weeks ago I received an email from Kesha. Could I come to her place of work and shoot portraits for an hour? Kesha works at the Provo Turn Community Service Center that offers day programs for adults with mental and physical disabilities. She informed me that the following week they would be teaching photography and thought it would be awesome if I could make photos of the participants before the classes. They would then use the images as examples and the class would have the added benefit of seeing the process of shooting photographs. I was immediately in, but at the same time I was nervous. This was not something I wanted to fumble.
Monday morning Kesha led me into an empty classroom and laid out the plan. She would bring each subject in to be shot solo then, after everyone was done, we would shoot the group as a whole. “Okay, I’ll get the first person.” I swallowed the lump in my throat and went to work. Talking, joking, laughing and a little chasing ensued.
I could go on about the shoot, but want to keep it simple. My nerves were quickly put at ease by the awesome staff at Turn and how great every person I met was. Portraiture can be difficult especially when the subject puts on a front; the canned smile, the faked stoicism, the whatever. This day was unique in that everyone who came in front of the camera was completely genuine from the get go. I wish it were always this easy. You may see the rest of the photos here.