I LOVE when people message me wanting portraits done of themselves for awesome reasons. This was definitely one of the best. I have known Alex and his family for quite some time now but have never really had a scheduled shoot with them so this fall day we took to the streets of Providence doing just that!
He very rarely gets his photograph taken but with his recent weight loss this was the perfect opportunity to show off how hard he worked;
"I hate getting my picture taken. I have two default looks: 1. eyebrow-raised bitch-face 2. insane super big smile. Neither could be described as "editorial". I was also the peer/family group photographer for years and years. This gave me both the means and motive to never be in pictures, I have literal years where there are not photos of me. People having cameras in their phones has made this harder for me, so I spend a lot of time un-tagging myself online.
Lately this started to feel ridiculous. I have a lovely daughter and wife and I am rarely in pictures with them. I spend a lot of time playing 'dodge the camera' it's exhausting and childish. Having recent lost a lot of weight I figured there was no time like the present to cut the crap and get some photo's taken."
When I asked him why he decided to loose the weight;
"On July 7th 2015 I stepped on the scale at the doctor's office. I weighed 215lbs, it's not the most I've ever weighed but it was close, I'm 5'11'' so it's not a great number... and furthermore my blood work was awful. Cholesterol, triglycerides, blood-sugar were all shitty. So I thought, I don't like how I look, I don't like how I feel and I'm setting myself up to miss a big chunk of my daughter's life, what the fuck am I doing? Was I not dieting and exercising because I thought it was uncool or lame? Why is this better? So I changed my diet a lot and started exercising. Basically doing what every-doctor-ever has said. I've lost 35lbs so far and all my blood work is clear; now all I have to do is keep at this forever :)"
How could I NOT be excited to work with one of my favorite families for such an awesome reason?! Enjoy!
So happy that I can call these three not only friends but family.