The Environmental Portrait {Fine Art Photography, Effingham, Illinois}

There are so many genres of photography, but one of my favorites is environmental portraiture.  What is an environmental portrait you say? Well, quite simply, it's a portrait of a subject in their own environment.  Not only does it let the viewer of the photograph know a little about the person being photographed, it's a great way to put the subject at ease.  Being in your own environment is always calming.  It's similar to lifestyle photography but more intentional.  Sound like something  you or your family would be down with?  Call me!  I love them. And I'm now determined to intentionally take more of these type of portraits. And without further ado, a few environmental portraits...

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.