Most of my commercial portraiture comprises headshots of execs or actors.
This usually requires a fairly standard approach to lighting and composition as the main objective is to provide a photograph showing the subject as relaxed, confident, approachable and professional.
With my personal work, I like to get a bit more ‘arty’.
I also like to shoot film – partly because I have a ‘misplaced romanticism’ for the medium (as Martin Parr once told me), but because digital can look a bit too clean. I like a bit of imperfection – specifically grain and a softer gradation between blacks and whites.
(But also because I like playing around with old cameras.)
And although studio work allows you to completely control the light …
…. environmental portraits can add more context to the subject’s character.
Movement can also work – after all, the power of photography is capturing a moment.