Portraits | A Lesson in Beauty

Over the summer I studied with the amazing Neox Image photography. Michelle and David, the owners, are amazing people. During the internship Michelle and I got hooked on this amazing photographer, Sue Bryce. An Australian portraitist by trade, Sue recently moved to America and joined the Creative Live team to teach the rest of us how to capture beauty. 

We went through Bryce's 28 Day program which is meant to jump start photographers into Glamour Portraits. Now, when you normally think of Glamour portraits, I bet you're thinking of the 80-90's photographs of women with big hair and shining, glowing skin. Yeah, me too. What Bryce does moves beyond that into the true definition of Glamour; 

"Glamour: a malevolent shapeshifter (Scottish); to enhance the allure of the subject; the appearance of enhanced attractiveness" 

She skillfully makes the everyday woman into an enhanced version of themselves. Through her mastery at posing she needs only two minutes in Photoshop to reduce some wrinkles or errant strands of hair before printing them out as a reveal to clients. 

She's inspiring. 

Either way, I had some time to sit on the idea of portraiture until my seminar class this Winter. I wanted to do something other than fashion. So I set off into the sunset to try and do some portraits of women. It was a lot harder than I expected. 

I thought that breaking into Portraiture would be a cake-walk. After all, I fell into fashion so how hard could switching genre's be? Well, apparently, it's a trap. It's a deceivingly simply trap. 

I'm still learning about portraits and what makes a good one and how to capture the personality of the people I photograph, but I'm gaining ground with each new opportunity. Below, you'll find Danon, a sweet, amazing animator and costumer. When I photographed Danon, I never realized until that moment how much of a chameleon she is. Every image was like seeing a new facet of her personality come forth. 

 

© 2014 Ayden Grace  

© 2014 Ayden Grace  

© 2014 Ayden Grace 

© 2014 Ayden Grace 

© 2014 Ayden Grace 

© 2014 Ayden Grace