"I have really been enjoying using my old Polaroid 66SE with Fuji FP3000 black and white film. Thanks to my wing man, Sean, of Lewis Carnegie Design, for encouraging the habit," Welch says. "I like to get back to the basics with a fixed lense and composition exercises. It's hard to beat, and you still have the luxury of knowing if you nailed the shot almost instantly."
Even though he likes the quality of the instant prints, for most projects he prefers his Nikon D4. "I don't believe there is a better tool for capturing the moments in time, than this camera. But, it's just a tool. I don't really get emotionally attached to my cameras. I just use whatever camera is right for the specific project we are working on," Welch explains.
Recently he did a project called Austin Creatives, where he shot simple portraits against a white background of some of Austin's finest designers and artists. "I really wanted to do a project of portraits on white and thought that the art directors, creative directors, and designers in Austin were super interesting people. After a couple of parties we started getting hired to shoot at creative parties around town, and we are currently on location shooting for the new identity for the Houston Astros with Lowell Williams Design as a direct result of this body of work. It is, to this day one of my favorite ways to shoot portraits," Welch explains. "It's as if my subjects are nude without being nude ... nothing to distract from their unique tastes and characters. It was also a refreshing departure from our normal on location, environmental portraiture that we had previously been known for."
Several images from the Austin Creatives portrait series are shown below.
All photography @2012 Woody Welch Photography