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Educational Series: Portraiture

In the disciplines of photography portraiture is probably the most recognized form along with photojournalism. Portraiture captures the likeness of a person or group of people while focusing on their face and expressions. Capturing the likeness of individuals has been in practice long before there were cameras. Anyone who has ever walked into a museum will see the portraits of kings, queens and other historical figures lining the walls. Today, most would recognize the use of portraits to immortalize families. In weddings, portraiture can be used along with photojournalism, to create a group of solid memories. Don’t be fooled into thinking that portraiture is a simple process of having someone stand somewhere and clicking a picture. True, portraits are planned and are not candid like photojournalism, but a skilled photographer, like those at JSPStudio, will produce images that are breathtaking. In the pictures below you will see that posed pictures can capture a certain feel. Lighting and other environmental factors are controlled to give a particular look.

 

Educational Series: Photojournalism

In last week’s blog post we talked about the four major disciplines of photography. Today, we are going to talk about photojournalism. Photojournalism is, in some people’s opinion, the “purest” form of photography. Basically photojournalism creates images of events or situations as they happen to tell a story. Based on its name, it’s easy to see why many people associate it with journalism, but it is not limited to journalism. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many wedding photographers use photojournalism to capture the events of the wedding day from beginning to end. We embrace true moments as they happen. Take the picture below as an example. The picture shows a mother and a daughter in an intimate moment. What you see is a mother putting the veil on her daughter as the bridesmaids look on. What you don’t know is that the veil has been in that family for decades and has been passed down from mother to daughter for four generations. It was an incredible moment for the bride and her mother and a moment that the bridesmaids wanted to witness without intruding. Photojournalism captures those moments and preserves them forever. There is no staging, no preparation, just the purity of the emotion as they happen.

Samantha & Lance’s Equine Engagement Session Adventure

Meet Samantha Blumenthal & Lance Guy. Sam is a show jumper and Lance is an outdoor adventurist. This was the perfect setting to showcase their romance! The video guys from Pinnacle Bride created a “behind-the-scenes” promo clip for me, which I will post soon. Coming even sooner though is the love story teaser they created! These two have such magnetic chemistry. They were a joy to shoot! Jamie Lipman – are you proud!!

Educational Series: Capturing the Moment with JSPStudio

Many people don’t realize that there are different disciplines in photography. Most photographers and photography companies specialize in only a few of these photographic disciplines. JSPStudio is trained in all four of the main photographic disciplines: photojournalism, portraiture, still life and fashion photography. In subsequent blog posts we will look at each of these types of photography and show examples of our work to go along with each type of photography. However, here is a brief explanation of h type of discipline:
Photojournalism- photography that captures events as they happen and present a narrative to tell a story.
Portraiture- photography that captures of the likeness of a person or a small group of people while focusing on the face and expressions.
Still-life- photography with “prepared” elements in a particular setting where a focus on lighting and compositional skills of the photographer are very important.
Fashion photography- the mixture of complex lighting and complex setting to produce a dramatic effect for the subjects of the photograph.
Not all styles of photography are appropriate for each and every situation. In fact, it would be completely inappropriate to expect that one or two types of photography can successfully capture every situation, mood, desired effect or lighting perfectly. JSPStudio is a cut above other photography companies precisely because our photographers have the ability to choose the correct discipline at the correct times to produce perfect photographs that you will treasure forever.