Los Pastores - Redux
Here is what turned out to be the shortest glimpse of joy in these two dedicated souls in the entire three days of shooting I did at Templo Bethania. They are gentle souls, dedicated to the strength and compassion of their community. But... they seldom show outward signs of joy or affaction. Even the moment captured above isn't quite what it appears.
You see... Reggie is a bit hard of hearing these days. Esther is not shy about telling him exactly what to do and how to behave. In this moment they were tiring the portrait sitting. Esther was getting cranky with Reggie and showing her impatience. I looked right at her and said, "c'mon Esther, just a couple more minutes - then you'll be able to have a break from the miserable guy next to you." She broke into laughter, smiled, and turned to see Reggie's response. Being hard of hearing, and not having heard what I'd just said to her, he grinned and nodded agreement to whatever it was that had been so funny - never aware that her joy was largely based on getting away from him and back to the community of worship that holds her true passions.
From La Vida Bethania