portrait a week project

One of my resolutions of 2014 is to experiment with portraits more.  Sure, taking photos of wine bottles is my bread and butter, but taking photos of people is the frosting (to mix a couple of clichéd metaphors.)  Truth be told, I’m more comfortable photographing men.  Take a photo of a guy being cool, and he’s happy.  Women require a little more attention; they need to look beautiful.  That necessitates flattering light, complimentary poses, fresh makeup, coiffed hair, nice clothes, clear instructions, positive encouragement, and Photoshop.

Every week, I’m going to be taking a portrait of one of my Facebook friends.  Men or women, in-studio or on-location, business headshots, senior portraits, fashion, sports, street, family...whatever style I want.  Whatever I feel fits the person.

This project will allow me to practice with different styles.  Some of them direct ripoffs of other's work.  I figure if I can imitate the masters, then I can only up my game and hopefully create my own unique style in the end.

While this project was only supposed to encompass 52 people this year, I've already had enough people who want to be involved that I'll be able to continue it through the middle of 2015.

The first week's photo was influenced by the work of Martin Schoeller.

It was shot with a couple of strip boxes shot through a diffuser on either side of his face with another light hitting the white background.  Nikon D800E with a Nikon 85 1.4 shot at f1.4 for 1/125 of a second.  Straight out of camera.

It was shot with a couple of strip boxes shot through a diffuser on either side of his face with another light hitting the white background.  Nikon D800E with a Nikon 85 1.4 shot at f1.4 for 1/125 of a second.  Straight out of camera.