Roland found me through Thumbtack, which is something new I’m trying for 2017. He was looking for some clean, crisp portraits of himself before he retired from the Hampton NH police force wearing his dress uniform and before he had to hand it in. I shot him over some example images on white and on black and told him I’d like to shoot him on simple solid-color backgrounds so that you focus on him and not be distracted by elements behind him. He liked my work and we arranged a date in the studio.
I’ve never had the chance to photograph a police officer before, and it was great afternoon of me asking questions and talking about his service. He took extreme pride in what he does and his uniform, and I really enjoyed getting shots that reflect that.
The above image is one of my favorite. It’s so direct. It almost feels confrontational, but I love the slightly upward angle that I shot him at.
A detail shot that I really like. I love the composition and the angle of his shoulder.
To see a few more examples from Roland’s session, click here.