When I made a start on the course work for image the portrait I said that I was not very good at portraits and that it was something that I needed to practice, and these photos are as a result of that.

However, I have also realised that when I do event photography, and photograph people at those, when they are being themselves and not posing, my portraits are ok. I will include some of those when I post my experiments with street photography.

For most of these photos I have approached people and explained that I am studying photography and sought their consent, although I have included a couple of street portraits.

Whilst practicing for this I asked people to talk with each other or carry on with the activity that they were doing, I don’t particularly like photographing people face on, although I can see that for portrait and wedding photographers this is a requirement. It will also be necessary for some events and corporate photography. I have taken some of these photos in three stages, so that I have included some background, some a little closer, and some are full face. This was so that I could see how context changes how we view people.

These first six photos are of a couple, although I photographed them individually, and these are my favourite shots. Their character shone through and I simply had to photograph them. The other photos follow on below.

Sometimes you have to be a little crazy to bring the best out of someone. The young man in this photo was with his partner and it was his birthday. Their wasnt a smile though. As soon as I sang happy birthday the smile broke out and I am really pleased with the result.

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The next few sets show how context can alter how we view a person, and add information to a scene.

I had a lovely chat with this couple, I took an interest in them and they did with me. The rest of the day was more relaxing because of this and I was then more natural with others that modelled for me.

I found this woman very interesting. She has a bold character and I am pleased with the tight crop portrait. The other point of interest is how distractions can ruin a photo.

This gent was great, I asked him to look angry with me. This is a point to be aware of for the future. Some people are able to produce emotions if they are directed by the photographer. This is something that I can make more use of in the future.

One of my better animal portraits. Animals dont do what you ask them to, so patience and being quick witted are the key.

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I really enjoyed the street portrait photography. It is something that I can make more use of with events photography. Some more examples will be included in my Street Photography post.

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16 Replies to “Portraits”

  1. Richard, these are magnificent. Your stand out photographs of the couple at the beginning and the capture of the woman of strong character are terrific. Angry man reminds me of the late John Thaw.

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  2. Hi Richard, ace results, well done. Where you’ve used narrow depth of field for the bokeh the portraits are particularly strong.

    My preference is candid every time but you’ve shown how you can get excellent results by engaging with your subjects.

    Cheers, Andy

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  3. Well done Richard! I especially like the blonde haired woman in the black hat, the lighting is fabulous.

    I must admit I have a preference for animal portraiture and haven’t ever had much call to approach strangers for photographs. I’m not especially looking forward to doing so!

    Regards, Mike.

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    1. It’s funny Mike because I get really anxious in the build up to asking people, but I’m OK when I do. I think it’s like acting, as soon as I ask and have the camera in my hand then I’m acting the role of a photographer.

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  4. Coming from you Richard and your fear of approaching people, one may be misled by the amazing images that you have produced here. It’s wonderful to see how you worked your way through making them and the willingness of people you engaged as well. More than the images I want to praise your effort here and how you made commendable progress with people’s consent and willingness. Even though I have always bent towards the candid, these images are truly great and show how you can realize amazing outcomes through interacting with people. Hats off to you – I know I could never do that. Very warm images. I love them all. Great exercise to nail images with context and without it – I love the tight crops and agree how backgrounds can get distracting sometimes.

    Great emotions and facial expressions captured Richard. Really well done. You have amazed me with the work you have been able to produce in this part. My best wishes for a great project.

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    1. Thanks again Archna. It was good practice, and just asking people felt like an achievement. I do plan on coming to India next year. Mooji will not be there, however I would like to visit and to take the opportunity to do some photography with you.


  5. Hi Richard,
    Some great portraits here – I especially like the first couple, and like the tight crop around their faces. There is so much character in both the faces, and one can only imagine the stories of their lives. My other favourite is the guy with the flat cap and stripes top – I wonder what was making him laugh? I do enjoy taking photos of people, but find it daunting, so slightly apprehensive when I get to this part of the course.


    1. There are many of us that find portraits challenging. Street performers are a good start. The laughing guy was a street performer.
      I went up to people with my student card and explained that I’m studying photography and at the moment it’s portraits. The majority of people agreed.
      Thankyou for the feedback. It’s appreciated. The first couple were great.


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