Drew Gurian’s 5 Minute portrait with Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons

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Drew Gurian is a young, up-and-coming portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Each month, he’ll be bringing you a behind the scene perspective, navigating the freelance marketplace of one of the busiest photo markets in the world – New York City. This is the first part of his story.

When working with a notable personality in front of the camera, your time as a photographer is generally very limited. The bigger they are, the less time you get, and five minutes (or less) is what you can expect to have in this type of situation.

Of course, the idea is to hopefully get to the location or studio with more than enough time to set up, so that when the talent arrives, you can do when you need to do, and get them on their way.

My current record for a portrait sitting was with the rock band, Primus, who I shot last summer at a backstage portrait studio I had set up right outside of their RV. They walked out of the RV, onto my set, and then directly to the main stage to headline the festival.  I shot them in 18 seconds.

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Jeremy Cowart Photographs Imogen Heap on Iceland

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Jeremy Cowart (recently named internet’s most influential photographer) went to Iceland to photograph singer/songwriter Imogen Heap.

“We were in brutally cold conditions,” writes Jeremy on his blog. “I was decked out in 5 layers of REI, weather proof gear and Imogen was wearing one thin layer of clothing the entire time. And I never heard her complain once. That’s insane. Usually I have subjects whining on set if the temperature goes above or below 72 degrees. So kudos to Imogen. She out-toughed us all.”

On location, Jeremy used a Profoto B1 and Softbox RFi 3×4′.

A series of stunning images, a couple of behind-the-scenes shots and the full story can be found at Jeremy’s website.

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These Photographs Will Take You to Another Place. An Interview with Jeremy Snell.

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Despite being barely 22 years old, Hawaii-based photographer Jeremy Snell has travelled the world and photographed places most us only dream of seeing. “I like capturing moments that take you to another place,” he says. Keep reading to learn some of his secrets.

“I never planned on becoming a photographer – I sort of just fell into it,” says Jeremy Snell. “When I was 15 I went to Africa. I bought a small point-and-shoot camera to document the trip, and I ended up being the guy crawling on the ground, trying to find a new angle. I haven’t put down my camera since.”

That was seven years ago. Three years ago, Jeremy decided to put everything he had into his passion and try to make it as a professional photographer. Today, barely 22 years old, he counts brands such as Facebook, Time Warner Cable and Charity: Water amongst his clients.

As the list of clients suggests, Jeremy does both commercial and humanitarian work. The commercial work is important, he claims. Not only because it pays the bills. Also because it pushes him to another level technically. But the humanitarian work is what really gets him going.

“I grew up travelling, so photographing people from all over the world was a natural thing for me,” says Jeremy. “Ever since, I’ve always knew I wanted to be a humanitarian photographer.”

What’s so fascinating about being a humanitarian photographer?

“I like capturing moments that takes you to another place. I want to take photographs that allow you to see what you don’t get to see in your everyday life – portraits that make you see people in a different light.” Read More

The Question that Got Portrait Photographer Rémi Chapeaublanc to Get on a Motorbike and Drive to Mongolia

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French portrait photographer Rémi Chapeaublanc travelled all the way from Paris to Mongolia, driven by the desire to find the answer to a deceptively simple question: “who is this person standing in front of me?”

“I often end up doing projects which are kind of crazy,” says portrait photographer Rémi Chapeaublanc. And he is not exaggerating. After having his motorcycle license for just two weeks, he packed his camera, an AcuteB2 battery pack, an Air Sync and an RFi soft box, and started driving towards Mongolia.

After he had reached his destination and spent some time with the Mongolian people, an idea started to form in his head. He was going to take their portraits, one by one, with the same process and the same setup. The idea was that by keeping it simple, he would be able to focus on the person in front of the camera, see beyond the surface and ask himself: “who is this person?”

An inspiring ambition and a great testament to the power of portrait photography.

See more of Rémi’s work at his website.

 

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The Story Behind the Accidential Yet Award-winning Portrait of the Queen of Sweden

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Rickard L. Eriksson was asked to take the Queen of Sweden’s portrait. Doing so, Rickard accidentally managed to catch the Queen off guard and got an award-winning portrait in the process. Keep reading for the full story.

Queen Silvia of Sweden recently celebrated her seventieth birthday. The anniversary was to be commemorated by a lavish tabletop book, documenting the Queen’s life as a professional woman. The book would, of course, feature portraits of the Queen – portraits that Rickard L. Eriksson was asked to shoot.

“My first thought was to create images that felt natural yet styled,” says Rickard. “Differently put, I wanted the images to feel documentary yet royal. However, getting that documentary feel is easier said than done when working with royalty. In most cases you’re allowed very little time to do your job, which means you’ll most likely end up with a formal portrait of a posing person. But in this case I was lucky enough to spend some time with the Queen. I believe this created a much more relaxed and personal vibe on the shoot.” Read More