Posts Tagged ‘portraits’

RAW Beauty Talks: Empowering Portraits of Women Without Make Up or Photoshop

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If you browse around online, even if you stay away from the magazine covers with their models liquified into long-legged oblivion, you will be hard-pressed to find professional portraits of women that are as honest and raw as the ones featured on RAW Beauty Talks.

That’s because this organization, dedicated to empowering women through portrait photography and an honest conversation about beauty, doesn’t just do away with photo manipulation in its portraits… it does away with anything meant to enhance or cover up the way the models actually look. Read more…

Perfectly Symmetrical Portraits Show that a Symmetrical Face is Not Always Beautiful

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New York-based photographer Alex John Beck began his series Both Sides Of in order to explore two beliefs. First, that perfectly symmetrical faces are the most beautiful. And second, that one face is representative of one character.

The final photographs, displayed as pairs of symmetrical portraits that show what the subject would look like if you simply mirrored their left or right sides, seem to indicate that neither of these beliefs holds true. Read more…

Celebrities Pose for Bacteriograph Portraits Made of their Own Bacteria at Big Bang Fair

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We first introduced you to scientist and photographer Zachary Copfer’s ‘bacteriographs’ back in 2012. A technique that he invented and, as far as we know, only he uses, Bacteriography uses the subject’s own bacteria to ‘grow’ a portrait of them on a petri dish.

Earlier this month, Copfer brought his signature technique to the UK for the first time ever in order to photograph several British celebrities at the UK’s Big Bang Fair. Read more…

Russian Mother Takes Magical Portraits of Her Two Boys and their Animal Friends

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Russian photographer Elena Shumilova only got into photography in early 2012, when she acquired her first camera. But if you were to look through her Flickr and 500px profiles, you would swear she had been doing it for much, much longer. Read more…

Canadian Olympic Team Pictures Criticized, Given ‘Gold Medal in Awkward Portraits’

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You’re photographing some of the most elite athletes in the world, shortly before they step onto the international stage to compete for glory and gold. So naturally you … make them look kind of funny? Read more…

Famed Mark Jacobs Fashion Photographer Juergen Teller Refuses Miley Cyrus Shoot

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Take that, girl! Celebrity mess Miley Cyrus is at the butt end of an insider fashion industry snub after noted fashion photographer Juergen Teller refused to work with her on a campaign for longtime client Marc Jacobs. Read more…

Humorous Makeover Portraits Bring Joy to Cancer Patients as Part of Touching Project

A portrait is a powerful thing. Programs like Help Portrait — which is dedicated to spreading joy, inspiration and hope by taking portraits of people who have never had one taken before — are easy proof of this. But just in case you find yourself in need of more proof, the If Only for a Second portrait project is here to provide it. Read more…

Photog Uses Face Paint to Create Stunning Portraits that Look Two-Dimensional

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The 2D or Not 2D series isn’t the first time Russian photographer Alexander Khokhlov has dabbled in painting his models faces and taking striking portraits of the results. His Weird Beauty series got quite popular, with black and white designs jumping out at you from the faces of his made-up models.

2D or Not 2D, however, is different — and not just because he used color this time. It’s different because the point of each photo is to trick your mind into thinking you’re looking at a two-dimensional painting. Read more…

Peter Hurley Shares His ‘Most Incredible Tip for Looking Photogenic’: Squinching

Back in February of 2012, portraitist Peter Hurley shared an awesome tutorial that showed how to accentuate your subject’s jawline in portraits and instantly make them look much more photogenic. That video went insanely viral amongst photographers, and now, Hurley has finally released a followup in which he shares what he calls “his most incredible tip for looking photogenic.” Read more…

Grey Power: Turning Children’s Drawings of Grandparents into Real Life Portraits

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Designer Yoni Lefevre has teamed up with photographer Nick Bookelaar on a creative project that we just fell in love with the moment we set eyes on it. It’s called Grey Power, and in it Lefevre and Bookelaar turn children’s refrigerator-worthy drawings of their grandparents into real life photographs. Read more…