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Portrait Tips: Photograph the relationship

The one thing most worth photographing is the relationship between people. Everything else is documentary. When you make photographs, always be on the lookout for the photo that will reveal

Portrait Tips: One light for life

I was thinking the other day about what one lighting tool would I choose if I were stranded on a desert island for the rest of my life with a

Portrait Tips: A chance with Patch

The other day a fellow contacted me about a picture I made nearly ten years ago. He was an assistant to the master woodcarver and I spent a few minutes

Portrait Tips: Identify the environment

I’m pretty excited because Vanelli and I are teaching a class at Photoshop World on environmental portraiture. I love making environmental portraits because they help inform our knowledge of the

Portrait Tips: Perfect your un-pose

Every client you will ever have will say, “I prefer candid photos, not posed photos.” And we get that: We understand that they want pictures that look like a moment

Portrait Tips: Remember for yourself

It’s a good idea to look back. Ten years ago I was looking at my photography idols and wondering what it’d be like to be doing this for a decade.

Portrait Tips: Get your camera lower

Your camera’s height has a strong effect on the impact your portraits make. I’m a fairly tall individual, and if I don’t pay attention, my camera comes right up to

Portrait Tips: Take a walk

If you enjoy making pictures with people, then you should take a photowalk and make portraits on the street. There are a few good reasons to do this: Firstly, you’ll

Portrait Tips: You need to get out more

I just attended WPPI in Las Vegas along with thousands of other photographers. The great thing about this conference is that it’s focused on portraiture. There are all kinds of

Portrait Tips: Headshot factory

One of my favorite things to do for corporate clients is to make headshots at their annual meetings. Their employees live all around the country, so this is the only

Portrait Tips: A note for newborns

One of the best experiences you’ll have as a portraitist is making pictures with brand new babies. There truly is something special about working with someone so new and pure,