As a photographer, I view portraiture as a genre in its own right – distinct from both commercial and lifestyle photography. It’s the job of a well-made portrait to capture the personality, maybe even the identity and attitude of the subject. It’s not a quick snap – it’s a highly bespoke and thought-out representation of a person, arrived at collaboratively by the photographer with the subject.
It is of course the case that portraits are often key components within a commercial or lifestyle assignment and, in that context, portraits have a particular job to do, ie to capture a specific aspect of the subject. This might be their professionalism in their job, or it might be the fact that they’re a grandmother. But in this situation the commercial or lifestyle context will lend the portrait it’s point.
The fun in portraiture comes when the photographer can sit down with the subject and, starting from a blank canvas, capture collaboratively who that person is. And I love doing this!
I find that each portrait shoot is unique and requires a bespoke approach. So if you are considering having a portrait session with me, please contact me for a discussion and indicative quote.