“Every portrait is a war between the sitter’s vanity and the photographer’s guile”. This video has some thoughts on capturing the authentic person when shooting portraits or headshots.
How often have you heard the words, “I don’t like pictures of myself” or “I don’t like being photographed”. As a photographer, I’ve heard it countless times and the truth is when it’s my turn to be in front of the camera I am thinking the exact same thing. The reason is simple, we don’t like feeling exposed. So as the subject of an image, we often put out a specific persona that we want the world to see. As the photographer, how do we break through that to capture the real person beneath? This is what photographer Sean Tucker explores in his latest video, “The War in Every Portrait”.
“Every portrait is a war between the sitter’s vanity and the photographer’s guile”. Watch as Sean shares some thoughts on how to look beneath the exterior to capture the authentic person sitting in front of you. Using the example of Karsh’s portrait of Churchill in ’41 as a springboard, Sean shares some tips on how to make your subject feel comfortable. He also shares a challenge to photographers to sit for their own portrait or headshot sessions to remind them how vulnerable it can feel, and to give them empathy when they shoot others.
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