Becoming a Portrait Artist

In this video, I talk about how important it is to see yourself as a portrait artist.  Of course, you should have a solid understanding of basic photographic technical skills.  But knowing what camera settings to use and how to build up a good lighting setup isn’t the only thing that matters. In fact, knowing how to craft a quality portrait is something everyone can learn with time and the help of good tutorials.  That is a prerequisite to becoming a professional portrait photographer. But if you want to really stand out as a photographer with something special to offer, you need to go further.

Move Toward Becoming a Portrait Artist

A portrait artist is special and has value because they can deliver more than a standard headshot. And if you can create something truly unique and create a demand for it, you’ll have an edge over the competition. But how do you get there? You need to start thinking like an artist and you need to learn how to break free of the kind of thinking that keeps you from discovering your own voice and vision. It’s not going to happen overnight, but if you keep working and follow your own path, you’ll see a unique style emerge over time.

Remember that becoming a portrait artist is a process.  With every shoot, every photo you take, you’re learning something about yourself and your process.  Each success or failure can inform the next set of images you create.  Your portfolio and body of work will continue to improve as you work toward doing portraiture in your own way.