Photographer Seth Lowe is a people person–you can tell by looking through his work. He shines when he meets new faces to add to his portfolio. I recently had the pleasure of working with Seth, Photo Editing his lifestyle and portrait galleries on his website. Located just outside of Chicago in Peoria, Illinois, he’s a young guy who hasn’t been shooting as long as others, but already has quite a bit of work under his belt. Part of the goal for this edit was to not only highlight his strengths as a photographer, but to also build out the areas in which he hopes to produce more work. For Seth, this was lifestyle and kids. With that in mind, I wanted to create a gallery that had a balance of both areas and would lay the foundation for future growth and additional images.
Seth’s gallery opened with a winter series that could warm anyone up to the idea of cold weather. For lifestyle portfolios, it’s important to showcase the ability to shoot a series that creates a narrative, so starting off with this story was an easy choice:
One of Seth’s goals was not only to expand his lifestyle gallery but his kids’ photography work as well. While he didn’t have an extensive library to pull from, the images he did have were strong. I decided to end the gallery on a lighthearted note with these images:
Seth’s success as a photographer specializing in portraiture can be attributed to the fact that he is able to find a story within his subjects that gives us a look at who they are as people. He also has a great eye for color and composition, which are running themes in his collection that tie each image to the next.
As is true for many photographers, Seth’s work has given him the opportunity to meet a lot of different characters and reveal those personalities with his camera. Showing the quirks of an individual through portraiture is the fun, albeit challenging aspect of the job.
One way that Seth creates an interesting narrative is by complimenting the subject with its environment. However, he also shoots more traditional studio portraiture as well. The challenge of compiling this gallery was integrating these two different styles into one cohesive, seamless sequence.