Essence of a portrait

The Essence Of Portrait Photography Part 1

People love to take portraits of themselves. A portrait is usually a captured likeness of a person, but especially their face. Portrait photography, however, has an even deeper meaning than that. A portrait, being understood as a superior quality image, capturing the individual’s physical likeness, conveys the emotion of the subject, while a mere snapshot does not. It is also understood that portrait photography produces pleasing and attractive results to the person who is the subject.

Character revelation is the focus of portrait photography. At least one element of the subject’s character must be shown in the photo. That element may be the subject’s attitude, personality, unique mannerisms, or any other traits or features that shape the particular nature of the person. The portrait photograph tells the viewer something that suggests the individuality of the subject .

It is often that an audience expresses satisfaction with the likeness captured by the photographer, which may be their exact physical likeness. However, what one is unconsciously saying and seeing about them is that the photo reveals something that is very identifiable –like the character of the subject. Portrait photography, therefore, is not the mere capturing of the image or likeness, but the arresting of the true character of the subject deeply formed within. That is a task that can be challenging as a photographer. They can have subjects they have never known in their life, so how does the photographer capture the essence of the subject? Keep reading to find out!  THE ESSENCE OF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY Part II We welcome your comments below and please follow us , like and share this on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from the links on this page.

8 thoughts on “The Essence Of Portrait Photography Part 1”

  1. Perfectly stated! In the world of “selfies”, we tend to forget that a picture truly is worth a thousand words. We forget the story, the origin, the purpose. I look at some photos and wonder what the subject was thinking about, what it took to get that shot. You take great shots, not just for fun, but for story whine it.

  2. Indians were once scared that their souls would be captured in the box cameras, you’re right a portrait photographer does capture the special parts of the subject like their character , shyness and slickness. Very good article. I’m going to read part two.

  3. Ken Temple makes a case for having a photographer who is experienced, creative and willing to flow with your expectations for your shoot. I’ve personally worked with him on many occasions and greatly admire his work and composition techniques. I ❤️ it Ken… very thorough information and appealing work on display.

    1. Hello William
      thank you for the comments, however I know you have a wealth of experience as well. You should think about doing a guest blog I will be happy to host it on my site

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