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A friend of mine posted that he was considering changing his look. The post triggered a visual in my head and I messaged him to see if he’d sit for me before he cut off his ponytail. His gracious yes let me play in a way that is rarely an option. I asked him if he had a good overcoat, a nice suit, maybe a hat… he said he had the right coat, a tux but no hat. Then he asked about having a cigar as part of the conversation. My visual adjusted favorably and off we went. After some discussion about where, we settled on the Little White Shed at the Cornelius Roadhouse. I brought my black fedora hoping it would fit. He strolled up the walkway in that cold silver light and we made our way to the shed. I had called for permission and we were grateful that the bartender had the wood stove rolling already. We had a great hour of quiet collaboration.

Scott Sakamoto runs a blog called Puff Sumo for cigar aficionados. It’s a passion he has rekindled from years back and now he takes it to a much different level.

People as Landscape

On a related tangent, I just submitted his photo to a portrait competition. Then I added a few more of the personal portraits I like. The underlying link is that none of these was work for hire… all of them were done in play. A lot of the work I do for hire feels quite narrow in comparison. The clients tend to have a defined end product in mind and that tamps down the play.

 After a session last week another friend  said “I’m curious to see how you see me.” That speaks to the dance between a person and a photographer. Every one of us has a face we assume when the camera is present. It’s just the  way it is. The work of the photographer is to cut through a little of that drama to a truer version… to keep it real with as much grace as possible. 

I’m a people-watcher from way back. Faces will always fascinate me…

Trolley Man in Yamhill

Rodger at Los Luceros

David in New Orleans

Samm in his studio

Neighbors Kurt and Sheila


The best place to start the conversation is right here… pick up the phone, send me an e-mail, or you can leave a comment below, ok? Tell me what you have in mind.

If you are inquiring about Wedding Photography, it would be great if you could include the date and your venue… any other details you care to share are always helpful. It will help me be better prepared when I call you back. Be sure to include your phone, too.

In either case, I am happy to answer as many questions as you can ask. You might consider starting with a meeting… there is a lot of ground that can be covered in a face to face. Besides, I firmly believe that anything photographic is a collaboration between the people on either side of the camera… it helps if we get to know each other.


You can reach me at 503-246-5378 (call | text) or drop me a line at jamie@bosworthstudio.com

Conveniently located in SW Portland… by appointment, please.