Ever since photography was invented,
there have been famous names associated with it. Ansel
Adams, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Dorothea Lang are just
a few of those who have changed how we look at the
world and at photography. What about famous photographers
today, those who are currently changing the way the
world looks at photography, especially at portrait
One of the all time great portrait photographers
was Don Blair. He was known as a master in the field
of portrait photography where he used lighting and
composition to create timeless images. His interest
in photography came when he was in sixth grade,
when he went to work for a photography studio carrying
equipment and helping in the lab. He learned all
he could from the owner of the studio and eventually
took it over and named it Don Blair Photo Studio.
He was an advocate of continued learning and growth.
He was known for his kindness to amateur and professional
alike, and was willing to share what he knew with
everyone, if they had the desire to learn. He was
a mentor to many contemporary photographers.
One couple that he mentored is Joseph and Louise
Simone out of Quebec, Canada. They learned the skills
of seeing light and paying attention to composition
and use this to not just take pictures, but create
art with their photography. They met while working
at Don Blair's photo studio in the 70's. The experience
they had at his studio and the things they learned
set them on their photographic path and they are
still creating beautiful photography today. They
are unique in their photography in that Louise "paints"
their portraits after they have been photographed.
She uses both Corel Painter and Photoshop tools
to do her painting digitally, creating timeless,
Anne Geddes is another photographer who has chosen
a different subject and path for her art, with a
very successful outcome. It wasn't until age 25
that she really started into photography. She had
always loved looking at images and when she finally
started capturing them, the results were spectacular.
She specializes in infant and childhood photography
and keeps the prints simple and clean. She often
times uses props or adds in props digitally after
the shoot. Her style is innovative in that she is
the first to pose infants in such simplistic, unique
poses. As a mother herself she knows and understands
children and her photography reflects this. Each
of Anne Geddes photos capture more than just a stunning
image, it is difficult to look at Anne Geddes photos
and not feel an emotional connection to the image.
Capturing portrait photographs of individuals is
more than just capturing an image, it is about capturing
facets of the subject's character and those subtleties
that make them a unique individual. Great portrait
photographs speak volumes about the person. Great
portrait photographers capture not just the likeness
of the individual, but also preserves the person's
Portrait photographs are cherished because they
capture and preserve an individual at a specific
point in their life.
About the Author:
Francesca Black enjoys photography as a hobby and
manages content at Future Photo http://www.future-photo.com
and Digital Photo Tips http://www.digital-photo-tips.com/