Congratulations to our Top Pic of the Week, Forrest Hicks.  Read on to learn more about the production of his photos.

[caption id="attachment_40921" align="aligncenter" width="545"] Ben Dulay. Shot at Crown Point Park in San Diego, CA. Shot on a Canon 6D with a 35mm f1.4 Sigma lens. Post-production: square crop and b&w[/caption]

I have been a photographer since October of 2017. My first interests in photography started when I was a sophomore in high school in 2009. My uncle gave me an old Sears 35mm SLR and a roll of film and told me to go shoot.


[caption id="attachment_40920" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Laura Pasqualone. Shot in La Jolla, CA. Shot on a Canon EOS A2 with Tri-X film. I used a Pentax M42 50mm f1.4 lens. Shot used to showcase her new tattoo.[/caption]

My photographic style is influenced by photographers, such as Richard Avedon and Parker Fitzgerald. I take a lot of black and white head shots in a studio setting, but other than that, I prefer my photographs to be a genuine representation of the person I am shooting with.

My favorite genre, and really the only genre I shoot, is portraiture. I try to get the model to connect with me on a personal level in order to help tear down the walls people build up while being photographed. A tip I’d give photographers is to strive for that emotional connection while photographing people. If it means having a conversation before the shoot, do it. It’s well worth it and shows in the photographs.

I found my style because of my desire to connect with and serve people. If you aren’t sure what style you want to achieve, go to your local library and look up books from photographers. I was moved by the work of Avedon and Lange, and shaped my artistic style around that.

[caption id="attachment_40919" align="aligncenter" width="429"] Taylor Corzine. Shot at Black Cat Bar in San Diego, CA. Shot on a Canon EOS A2 with Portra 400 film. I used a Pentax M42 50mm f1.4 lens. Shot showcases struggles with substance abuse.[/caption]

I do own multiple cameras. My favorite camera to work with is my Mamiya C330. Because the majority of my work is medium format film photography, I desire to grow my collection of those types of cameras. I’d love a Hasselblad 503 C/M or even a Pentax 67 someday.

Regarding my saying “Loving people through 35mm and 120 film”, I have this to say: my desire and goal as a photographer is to serve others and show them just how beautiful they truly are as human beings. I see photography as a way to love others, which I fully feel called to do in this life.

[caption id="attachment_40918" align="aligncenter" width="427"] Tori Downing & fiancé Daniel Hoffman. Shot at Presidio Park in San Diego, CA. Shot on a Canon EOS A2 with Portra 400 film. I used a Pentax M42 50mm f1.4 lens. Shot showcases young love.[/caption]

You can find my work on my Instagram @forresthicksphoto as well as my website

Thank you, Forrest, for allowing us to share these photos! Are you interested in being our Top Pic of the Week? Tag #KEHSpotlight in your photos for a chance to be featured.