Fashion has always been something that has intrigued me, especially when it comes to portraits, and especially portraits that are fashion inspired. I often comb through Vanity Fair or Vogue publications for inspiration and unique portrait ideas. The photo below was created using a custom portrait background we painted here at our studio. I love the movement in the gown. This effect was created using special lighting and an industrial fan and is inspired by Annie Leibovitz and her Vanity Fair portraits. Tell us about what inspires you and together let’s create a beautiful portrait of you.
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While working on photographing portraits for the 99 Faces Project, I’ve had the opportunity to have some fascinating people join me in my Salem portrait studio for a session. This blog is about one of them.
Pete Earley has been writing for years. A famous storyteller and author of 14 books, Pete has made a name for himself in the world of journalism. With 14 years of experience Pete has mastered the craft of word and it has made him very successful. In his book titled, Crazy, Pete Talks about how his life was changed forever when his son was diagnosed with a mental illness. This changed Pete’s view on not only the subject but his outlook on life as well. He began touring the world delivering speeches for mental illness and advocating to raise awareness about the topic. Pete was introduced to 99 Faces Project when he was speaking to the NAMI Cambridge group. The founder of 99 Faces, Lynda Cutrell reached out to Pete and actually had him pose for a portrait in my studio. Pete was all about it and was eager to learn more. We decided it would be a good idea to ask Pete some questions regarding 99 Faces and his involvement in the project.
Pete was so fascinated and excited about the 99 Faces Project he decided to blog about it to his 70,000 followers. The 99 Faces projects means more to Pete than your average Joe. Pete believes that there is no, “Us and Them” and the 99 Faces exhibit that is going to be displayed at the Boston awareness of Science in May 2017. This exhibit is going to portray the idea of mental Museum to the public in a new light in a way that has never been done before. When asked about one thing Pete wants everyone to know about mental illness his response made me take a step back and illnesses life is good. “Most people learn to control their illnesses, rather than having there diagnosis control them. There are everyday heroes that deserve our everyday and admiration. They are people such as my son.” With a writer as good as Pete, he is the perfect edition to the 99 Faces Project Team.
Candace needed a publicity portrait for her company. I gave her a consultation over the phone and made an appointment for a photography session. She listen to my recommendations and I believe that her portrait came out beautifully! She had her make-up done here in Salem at Rouge Cosmetics now known as Rouge Salem. Thanks Tracy! Her hair was blow out by her hair dresser. Her engaging personality comes through.
Clothing is an important part of your publicity portrait. Choose clothing carefully and discuss the colors and style with us ahead of time. We will coordinate them with the choice of background. You\’ll want to choose clothing that enhances your image but does not take the attention away from where you want itâ€”your face.
*Color. Choose colors that enhance your eyes and facial tones. In general, avoid colors that closely match your skin tones. Subdued colors will be appropriate for most business portraits while brighter or trendier colors may be perfect for creative\’s.
*Style. Wear long sleeves and select a flattering neckline. Your neckline should enhance your face shape. Avoid horizontal lines in both the cut and pattern of the fabric, which can add width to your figure. Texture can add interest.
*Character. Consider the norms of your profession and the personality you want to convey to the viewer. Would you like to appear authoritative or managerial? Conservative styling and understated tones would be appropriate. If you\’re in a profession that would benefit from a friendly and approachable image, you might consider softer fabrics and a less buttoned-down look. Lively bright colors may work well for someone in the arts or human services profession.
There are many ways in which clothing can enhance your portrait – take some time to plan ahead and do consult with us. It may be a good idea to bring your attire with you on a hanger so that it will be fresh and pressed for the session.
“Wear something that you feel great in..it will be reflected in you and your expression”.. Quote from Lucille Grant, Image Concepts and Image stylist for Doncaster, clothing for Women of Distinction..www.doncaster.com/lgrant