Part 2 – Portrait photography, or portraiture, is aimed at capturing the personality of a person or group of people by using adequate lighting, backdrops, and poses. But most importantly, the craft and skill of compelling portraiture are to pinpoint the context for each of your creations.
Portraits are commissioned for various occasions and fields, such as engagement & wedding portraits, school events (high school senior portraits), private gifts (baby portraits, family portraits, solo…), commercial purposes, or artistic expression.
Good portrait photographers can capture the personality, but as a photographer, you have a responsibility to your subjects. Portrait photos affect emotions like no other photography genre. It’s not just the result that matters. Capturing someone’s portrait is more than a hobby or profession; it’s a matter of trust. Primarily if you work in the realm of private portraiture.
In Part 2 of this course, you get an overview about:
Using light: lighting setups from super simple to more elaborate
Posing! How to create ‘non-posed’, appealing, and genre-specific results
Last but certainly not least: How to enhance your clients’ portraiture & experience with professional makeup, hair, and the appropriate styling
Born and raised on the quiet island of Kauai, Aaron Nace would be the first to tell you that his upbringing was anything but ordinary. Despite the obvious perks of Hawaiian life, he would eventually move with his mother, father, and two brothers to North Carolina.
Aaron studied at North Carolina State University and obtained a degree in Industrial Design. Graduating from college, he thought his path was clear to one day becoming an automotive or furniture designer -- that is until a six-month-long trip to South America transformed his life forever.
It was during this time that he fell in love with photography and its power to both facilitate and share adventures. In 2011, Aaron founded PHLEARN to bring free, creative education to anyone around the world.
Manhattan-based Photographer, Educator and Lighting Guru. I don't talk, I shoot.. ok and I talk a bunch, mostly about my experience in the industry and random pop culture references. You might know me from the videos I have made over the years for Adorama and more brands than I can even remember.
Having been a photographer for over 26 years, Doug has photographed just about everything you can imagine. Doug has been lecturing on photography since 1998 and has become one of the most well-known photographers in the world for his renowned Flow Posing techniques. Doug has been fortunate enough to partner with some of the best brands in the photography industry including Nikon, Adorama, Bay Photo Lab, Fundy Software, Shoot Proof, and Pilot Imaging. His studio is based in Long Island, NY, USA.
Eli Infante is a Westcott Top Pro and native-born resident of the Rio Grande Valley who draws most of his inspiration for photography from unique South Texas landscapes and historical structures. When he is not out shooting utilizing the gorgeous South Texas sunset as his background, you can find him educating hungry young minds at a charter school teaching none other than, you guessed it, photography! On top of being an educator for over a decade, Eli shares his skills and talents with all other eager photographers via YouTube and even in-person workshops. You may be asking yourself, “Where does he get the energy to do all this stuff?”. Well, for Eli, any time spent being able to teach and learn new skills as a photographer is not only his vocation but his ultimate recreation.
Gavin Hoey is a freelance photographer, Olympus UK ambassador, and trainer of all things photographic. Primarily focusing on photography education, he started out writing for photography magazines such as Practical Photography and Digital Photo which eventually led on to making video tutorials for magazine cover discs.
Gavin was an early YouTube adopter and created a popular photography training channel before joining forces with the New York camera store, Adorama in 2012. He is now the most-watched presenter on Adorama TV where his videos focus on the art of lighting and portraits. Gavin’s tutorials are either shot on location or more usually, at his small home studio in Sussex, UK.
Nine years on, Gavin is still creating at least one video tutorial for Adorama TV every other week and the channel has passed the 1 million subscriber milestone and is still climbing!
Jeff Rojas is an American photographer and author based in New York City. His primary body of work is advertising and editorial photography that has been published in both Elle and Esquire. Jeff also frequents as a photography instructor. His teaching experience includes platforms like CreativeLive, WPPI, the Photo Plus Expo, Imaging USA, and APA.
Joe Edelman's career has spans five decades, from his start as an award-winning newspaper photojournalist to his work today photographing a diverse selection of people. Joe, an Olympus Visionary, teaches the HOWS and WHYS behind great photographs and shares the thought-process that a professional photographer uses to approach his work. Joe motivates and educates new and experienced photographers all over the world.
For over 20 years Chicago photographer & director John Gress has created stunning photography and videos for some of America’s largest companies and international media outlets. His work has included national lifestyle advertising, portraits and videos for the beauty industry and action photography of professional athletes. Professional Photographer Magazine called Gress “one of the nation’s foremost experts on lighting.”
Karl Taylor is a professional photographer with over 20 years of experience and he is commissioned by leading global companies for his precise attention to detail and his exquisite control of light. Karl’s work covers advertising, beauty and fashion photography for commercial clients. Having started his career in photojournalism he is also comfortable and actively enjoys shooting across a range of other genres. Karl’s ethos is that 'variety is the spice of life' and that the visual philosophies for creating effective images are universal.
Ksenia is a Freelance Portrait & Fashion Photographer. "Moved from Russia to Washington DC, where I'm based now. Sharing my thoughts about portrait photography, the business side of photography and being self-employed and occasional life hacks for fellow photographers and other creatives. Built a successful photography business in a new country, where I didn't know anyone and English is my second language. So if I did it, you sure can. Currently learning to balance work and life, being self-employed and a mom to a toddler."
Mark Wallace is a photographer, educator, and solo world traveler. In 2014, Mark left the U.S. to embark on a worldwide adventure. In 2016 he decided to give up planes, trains, and automobiles and is now exploring the world on his motorcycle. Mark has created hundreds of photography tutorials sponsored by Snapfactory and Adorama. His most popular series are Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography, in addition to his best-selling lighting classes on CreativeLive.
Miguel is a beauty & portrait photographer currently residing in New Jersey. Starting his photography business in 2012, Miguel has traveled the world photographing interesting faces as well as teaching photography at conferences like WPPI, Photo Plus, Shutterfest, and many more. He’s appeared on Creative Live, Adorama TV, and currently releases videos weekly on his YouTube channel. Miguel has been recognized as a Sony Artisan Of Imagery, as well as a Profoto Legend Of Light.
Nicole is a commercial, editorial and lifestyle photographer who loves to work with brands to tell their unique story and highlight their products and/or services. Her work has been featured in various editorial publications, three magazine covers and brand websites, such as Reebok. Nicole has been working in the photography industry for more than 10 years and obtained her professional photography certificate from Boston University's, Center of Digital Imaging Arts. She also holds an advanced degree from the University of Delaware and a professional certificate from the Rhode Island School of Design. Nicole’s passion is working with small local businesses and entrepreneurs to enhance their branding.
Pye Jirsa is the founder and partner of SLR Lounge and Lin and Jirsa Photography, a boutique Southern California photography studio with an incredible team that shoots over 300 weddings each year, with nearly 1,000 yearly client commissions.
Rafal Wegiel is an internationally-recognized portrait and commercial photographer born in Poland and since 2001 based in Calgary, AB. Creating images of beauty and trying to capture nature of people, his work allows him to constantly explore diversity of humans, inviting the viewers to see people’s inner beauty through the camera lens.
Portrait Artist and a true Master of Photography, Tim Kelly is also a Photographic Craftsman, Fellow of the American Society of Photographers, and International Portrait Master. Inducted for life into the Cameracraftsman of America and the International Society of Portrait Artists, Kelly remains one of the industry's most influential photographers.
Creating fine art portraiture for decades, and a renowned ”master print-maker", Kelly opened his first Florida studio in 1974, and his groundbreaking Gallery and Studio on Park Avenue in fashionable Winter Park, Florida in 1988. This would become the launching site for Kelly's booming photographic portrait business that continues still today.