Been a busy time re-branding my business and with all the changes I think it’s time I get myself a proper portrait. Last Sunday, I went on a very different photo shoot then my norm. I headed out with a friend and talented artist, Adam D, to do a portrait exchange. After the last two years of being behind the camera I have found I have very few images of myself. Only a few behind the scenes photos taken with a cell phone. Finding one reasonable enough to be my artist portrait has been impossible. All of those photos either have the camera in front of my face or are of the back of my head. So, we headed off into the forest…

We went out to Cook’s Mill Trail in the south end of Guelph, a trail I often hike throughout the year, it’s close to home and tends to be my getaway spot. I felt it was the most suitable place for my personal portrait as it does describe a lot about who I am. My ideal spot would be the peak of a mountain. I will be sure to get that photo next time I am out west.

To those that live in the area or are looking for a short hike, I highly recommend getting out there early. Beautiful sunrises, thick fog floating just above the river and the lookout point during the fall is absolutely gorgeous. So many colors and located in an area of Guelph that so far hasn’t been disrupted by condos and townhouse complexes. Only downfall is this trail is very busy in morning and there is not a ton of parking spots available. Also, like many other trails in the area. Biking is far too dangerous because of how narrow the path is with all the traffic. So if you do go for a ride, don’t be surprised to get many dirty looks!

Our end goal was to walk away with at least one photo of our self that we were happy with. There was little time and it started to rain briefly while we were out there. Now if this was a normal shoot 30 minutes would have been more than enough. This shoot was a different because Adam and I are far from being comfortable having our photo taken. Anyone who has worked with me will know this. After talking with make-up artist Andria DiPanfilo about my recent experience, she made it very clear that she was disappointed that I had not invited her “That would have been a very entertaining moment” and that it was…

If only a sloth actually photo bombed this image it…

But, let’s get real here, it’s a little difficult to do a “selfie” with a DSLR camera. I just thought our expressions were just too good to waste on lack of focus.

In the end, we managed to walk away with some images we are happy with and won’t have to deal with this issue for a little while. So we packed up and called it a night before the storm it.


Brandon Marsh Photography Self Portrait Guelph Ontario Canada 2014

Now it’s time for me to get back to editing Adam’s portraits. So here is the one I will be using for the next little while. To my immediate friends and family this is one of the few photos you will ever see of me NOT making the face of Ben Stiller in “Zoolander”… Thanks again Adam for managing to capture this. I will say though… the weirdest part of this shoot was editing photos of myself. I’ll save that subject for another day.

Brandon Marsh Photography Personal Portrait Photographer

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know about your first professional portrait experience. Did you enjoy yourself or are you just as terrified as I am of being in front of the lens? Even though I will eventually get used to it, I’ll stick to taking photos of the rest of the world 🙂

To Be Continued…

– Brandon Marsh
www.brandonmarshphoto.com