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B&W Portrait
Portrait Photographer in Ventura and Santa Barbara, California.

Artistic Portrait Photography

Right up front… I am not your usual “Family Portrait Photographer”  I photograph individuals and on occasion I will create a portrait of a couple. Creating portraits that will captivate the observer for years to come, capturing the feeling and emotion. I want to photograph not just what you look like, but who you are. I draw upon inspiration from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s Photographic Hollywood character portraits and film noir style stills as well as glamour portraits that were popular in the 1950’s also sometimes I’ll get a bit more modern… Even the “Avant-garde”.

Portrait photography is a rather complicated to define… How does it differ from a head shot… Maybe that’s a good place to start. The headshot’s main purpose is to define how one looks. There is very little intrinsic artistic value. photographing a head shot is a very technical process of lighting, angle and posing designed to create an image with visual impact conveying a person’s appearance and energy with a style dictated by the whim and confines of the entertainment industry.

Portrait photography will capture a person’s facial demeanor, but it doesn’t stop there. Portraiture is an artistic endeavor, and can be approached in a variety of ways. Headshots have definite rules, portraiture doesn’t, it’s loosely defined, which can give the subject and photographer a lot of latitude to work with.