Posts tagged: portrait photography

Adorable or Obnoxious? Polarizing Photos of People Kissing Their Dogs on the Mouth



Pucker up! Commercial photographer Chris Sembrot captures pet owners expressing their affection for their dogs in the form of a big, sloppy kiss.

Photo du Jour: School Portrait (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Sarah-Marie Land


Class is in session with St. Louis-based photographer and Squarespace user Sarah-Marie Land‘s recent project, School Portrait Series, in which she explores identity, youth, education, and class system. By way of friends and Craigslist ads, Land photographed young students from different schools around the U.S. in their uniforms and domestic spaces. While each young student has a certain uniqueness to them, the series as a whole evokes a striking sameness—a universal nod to youth and its signature exploration, awkwardness, and innocence.

Check out more of Land’s School Portrait Series on her Squarespace site.

‘People of the Pit’: Photographer Captures a Dwindling Community in Romania


Aise with her two daughters. December 2013.


During warm days, life unfolds mainly outside. Most of the kids are born in the pit and none of them attend any form of education. May 2013.

The Last People of the Pit is photographer Sorin Vidis‘ document of the communal remnant of an abandoned landscape, dug by man and transformed by the earth in a culmination of political and social upheaval.

The ‘One-Dog Policy’ Photo Series Looks at Lonely Canines



If ever there is a presence imbued with the spirit of our homes, it would be our pets. Photographer Maija Astikainen draws a portrait of the furry lords of the urban domicile in her series One-Dog Policy.

What’s In Your Camera Bag?: Photographer Noah Kalina

Noah Kalina

Noah Kalina

Kalina‘s portrait of Olga Bell, Brooklyn.

What’s in your camera bag?
A bag of cables (sync cords, adaptors, cable releases), two bags of batteries (one bag filled with camera batteries the other bag for AA and AAA), flash, Nikon Coolpix S10, lightmeter, Phase One camera with P65+ back, 120/55/80 lenses, a couple of ND5 filters, pouch with cleaning supplies, air blower, pelican CF card case, travel car mount for phone, Pocket Wizards, Canon 5D MIII with 24-70, first aid kit, headlamp, utility knife, iPhone car charger, intervalometer.

What’s in your bag that’s specific to the type of work you shoot? I shoot a wide range of subjects. The light meter and the wizards are generally used for my portraits as I tend to use strobe lighting. The headlamp, shutter releases and ND filters are generally used for my landscapes but they definitely can come in handy for my portraits. The small Nikon camera is only in my bag if I am traveling and that camera is specifically used for Everyday. Everyday is the project where I take a photo of myself every day. I’ve been doing that for 14 years and that camera is dedicated to the project.

Photo du Jour: ‘People of Soho’ (Sponsored by Squarespace)

Peter Zelewski

With its vibrant mix of culture, arts, and mesh of both rich and poor living in its residential areas, central London’s Soho district makes for a prime spot for a portrait project, and is just where photographer and Squarespace user Peter Zelewski set up shop for his project, People of Soho. Here he stumbled upon fashion stylist/art director Silvanna Judith Lamber and snapped this striking portrait. Over the project’s two year span, Zelewski has captured over 100 local characters, approaching them randomly on the street and placing them in the middle of the many unique Victorian alleyways and narrow streets characteristic of the area.

See more of People of Soho on Zelewski’s Squarespace site.

Photographer Portrays his Mother and Stepfather in Series of Quirky Portraits

paul koncewicz

paul koncewicz

Hamburg-based photographer Paul Koncewicz explores the rather problematic relationship between his mother and stepfather in My Parents Love Each Other…and their Home. Through carefully arranged and staged images, Koncewicz tells a story of dreams, desires, boundaries, power struggles, and finally, the strong bond between the two.

Unexpected Portraits Capture Teen Girls When They Aren’t Looking



At first glance Julia Peirone‘s images might look like a mistake. However upon further inspection, the young female subjects betray something fascinating, each self-effacing hair flick and eye roll unraveling their thinly composed expressions and thwarting our own understanding of portraiture. In her series More Than Violet, Peirone shot hundreds of frames in order to achieve these startling “in between” moments, the girls themselves suspended between childhood and womanhood.

The Hard Life: Photos Offer a Glimpse Inside Sierra Leone’s Largest Slum

Kim Thue

Kim Thue

London-based photographer Kim Thue’s Dead Traffic is a beautiful yet grim series on Big Wharf, the largest slum in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Thue originally went to the politically-fraught region to document daily life at a charity hospital but found it difficult to create work that went beyond the stereotypical images of poverty. In search of broader photographic opportunities, he ventured into Freetown and ended up in Big Wharf. Many of the residents of Big Wharf had first come to the city in search of better opportunities and, not finding them, ended up in an area ravaged by poverty, crime, violence, and addiction.

Portraits of Hipsters Getting Down at the NRMAL Music Festival in Monterrey, Mexico



Spotlighted in the darkness, Alejandro Cartagena‘s dancers look lost in their own world, the chaos and crowds of Mexico’s NRMAL music festival vanishing in a blur of pure rhapsody.