Podcast 40 – Portrait Photography

For our last themed podcast episode of the year, Kristina and I tackled one of our biggest subjects yet: Portraiture!

I’m on record as saying that I’ve never been the biggest fan of portraiture, and started my photography journey by declaring that I didn’t want to take landscape or portrait photos. Luckily, as was the case with our previous episode on landscapes, I’ve acquired a newfound appreciation for the technique.

Kristina was the perfect person for me to talk to about this, because of her own body of portraiture work and her wealth of knowledge when it comes to photography in general. In addition to discussing our own interpretations and viewing a handful of listener submissions, we talked at length about portraiture itself and how it’s defined. It was an enlightening conversation for me, and one I hope you’ll enjoy as well!

As always, you can listen to the podcast here on the blog or your favorite podcast app, and make sure to view our photos and the listener submissions down below!

My Image

For my image, I was inspired by classic portraiture of the 19th century.

Kristina’s Image

By Kristina Alexanderson

Kristina was inspired by the work of Rene Magritte and his painting, “The Lovers.”

“The Lovers” by Rene Magritte

Listener Submissions

This was our most participated in theme of the year! We loved seeing everyone’s interpretations of portraiture, and wish we could have discussed them all on the show. Here are the photos we discussed on-air, as well as the other wonderful submissions.

Portrait of Tony Stark by Demarcation Media
Lone Survivor by Lenscapts
Another Day, Another Doug 01 by Janan Lee (@spidygoeshygge)
Another Day Another Doug 05 by Janan Lee (@spidygoeshygge)
Family Portrait by LJToyPhotography

Thank you as always for listening, and please let your thoughts and interpretation on portraiture in the comments below!


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  1. Tony Tulloch

    Another top podcast James and Kristina. It’s a shame you couldn’t squeeze just one more précis in, as I felt the second Dad of War by Plastic Jake was really effective and covered a few portrait styles. It is reminiscent of the working portraits that were popular in the 80s, but it has a dark, moody feel to it. That is due partly to the subject, but also due to the stark Hollywood style of lighting mixed with a Dutch masters feel in the deep, shadowy background.

    • Kristina

      I wish we would have talked about Bretts as well. I love Rembrant lightning – and there a stroke of that in Bretts image as well. Yeah I agree that “another dad” is an amazing portrait. The smoke is such a great effect as well. And the figure is so well lit. Thanks for sharing your insights 🙂


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