In mid-January, I got a message from Brent inquiring if I wanted to get together to do a shoot. I won’t lie: my immediate gut reaction was “no”. The reaction was based 100% on the fact that I had never really intended on shooting males (although I’ve photographed my friend Dear Floyd on more than one occasion…but we’re friends and that’s obviously different….right?).  Then, I thought about it. What a dumb reason not to photograph someone. So we set up a time to meet up, and I’m so glad we worked together because Brent was really easy going and had so many great ideas. In fact, he suggested that we share an inspiration board on Pinterest. Brilliant! One of the ideas he found included this:

brent williams photographed by diana nguyen

Inspired by a Harry Styles picture Brent had spotted on Pinterest. (By the way, who knew that Harry knew how to juggle?)

Gah, love it! For the most part though, we wandered around the Garfield Park Conservatory and stopped to shoot anytime something looked interesting. And I did admit to him that he was my first male model. “Well, it shouldn’t be any different than shooting female models,” he responded. I don’t remember what I replied with but it was silly because he was right. This was no different than the ladies I’ve worked with in that this was a nice, lovely collaboration.

Brent Williams photographed by Diana Nguyen, Garfield Park conservatory

Brent Williams photographed by Diana Nguyen, Garfield Park conservatory

Brent Williams photographed by Diana Nguyen, Garfield Park conservatory

And then while we were shooting by one of the ponds, a kid walked into the shot.

Brent Williams photographed by Diana Nguyen, Garfield Park conservatory

LOL, so cute. I love spontaneous moments. (Brent and I chased down the mom to get her email address, so that I could send this picture to her.)

This was such a great morning, and you guys I have to admit it: I’m addicted to portraits now. Completely and totally addicted.

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