Portrait photography encompasses many types of photography, including families, newborns, headshots, couples photography and many more. The common point is that it is about representing people (and pets) in a single or set of photographs. Portrait photography is about portraying you the main characteristics of a person, couple or family. It is therefore nut just about taking a photograph, it is about understand who you are as a person or as a unit.
Do you need to know someone well enough to take their portrait? Not necessarily and in fact there are many good portraits that can be taken of complete strangers that can be beautiful and powerful. However, in order to take photographs that are meaningful and relevant to you, it certainly does help a huge amount to know how you are. What are the key things that make you being the person that you are today? What do you value most and why? How do you see yourself and how do others see you?
As a portrait photographer, I genuinely love and care about people. I love hearing people’s stories. Learning about their lives and what makes them unique. I love seeing their reactions when they see their photos for their first time and them seeing how beautiful, strong, confident they really are.
Below are some of my recent portrait shots.