We’ve all seen them… mind-numbing, movement-stilling photos of people, either staring into the camera or away, a quiet and enigmatic expression on their face. The background is usually a white or dramatic black. Their faces may be entirely illuminated, or only partially lit.
Oh yes, we’re talking about portraits.
This week’s assignment was for a pair of classmates to take turns in the photo studio, making a portrait of each other.
In order for the portrait to be most effective, I had to learn more about my classmate. This way I would be able to properly convey her personality and character.
Luckily for me, I got an awesome and interesting classmate. Whitney is a senior at MU, almost finished with her double major: Journalism and Japanese. She studied abroad in Japan for a year. In her free time, she crochets.
This was the first time I had ever attempted to take a more journalistic portrait. I take portraits all time at work; but those are more of the web directory type.
I have little experience with lighting; only enough to make the year-book type mug shot I mentioned earlier.