One of the many joys in raising teenage girls is the teenage boys they bring into our lives. Prior to my daughters hitting their teens, the last time I’d encountered teenage boys to any great extent was when I was a teenage girl. And, let’s face it, that was a while ago.
The rhetoric I’d heard over the years painted a dim picture of the species: unkempt, sullen, lazy, unable to hold eye contact, and communicates only in grunts. My daughters’ male friends and boyfriends couldn’t be further from this stereotype. They are funny, smart, and eager to help when they visit our home. They have part-time jobs, interests and ambitions, and some of the funniest, most memorable conversations I’ve had have been with these young men.
This is my eldest daughter’s boyfriend, Tom. He plays trumpet in orchestral ensembles and occasional jazz, and is studying music at the Melbourne University Conservatorium. He is also a dab hand at digital marketing, and understands the importance of keeping his online images fresh and up-to-date. When he wanted new photos to update his website and social media presence, we arranged a studio shoot.
Tom wanted a variety of shots to showcase the different genres of music he plays. Backdrop and pose make a huge difference to the overall feel of a photograph. The above photo shows the ‘jazz’ side of Tom’s skill set – white linen shirt and black jeans, an upholstered bench seat, and a trumpet that he is more likely to use for jazz performance.
Although Tom’s outfit and instrument are identical in both the photo above and below, the images are very different. The first, black on black, is formal and sombre. Low-key lighting pick out details in his suit, and give strong contrast on the face and hands.
The photo below has a relaxed feel, conveyed by the white background, even lighting, and Tom’s pose – especially the hands.