Warmth and playfulness reign in Matthew Peyton’s photo “Swinging Beauty.” While it may look as though it could be part of a portrait session, the photo was completely spontaneous.
Peyton and his sister, Katie, the subject of the photo, were hosting a bonfire and get-together last July at Peyton’s home in Victoria. Katie hopped on the swing in his backyard, and Peyton saw the perfect photo. “It reminds me of summer, and that no matter your age there is always fun to be had on a swing set,” Peyton says.
While Peyton considers himself an amateur photographer, he has worked as a corporate photographer and done shoots for several small local businesses.
Peyton encourages photographers to “think outside the box.” He says that the majority of his photos have been taken in his home on a Sunday morning, with natural light through a glass door and a blanket as the backdrop.
This photo won first place in the People category of our 2013 photo contest. Submit your photos for this year’s contest starting August 1 at southwestmetro mag.com.