Location Portrait Photography: Capturing Personality and Place


Great environmental portraits capture both personality and place. Pulitzer Prize winning, Miami-based photographer Brian Smith photographs noteworthy and notorious celebrities in the locations where they live, work, and play. He demonstrates the way he photographs subjects on location so that the environment adds another dimension to the shoot, displaying examples of his approach to shooting on location, whether it’s a large production shoot of a famous subject or simply someone he met on the street while traveling. Smith discusses location lighting and tips on selecting the best location to add visual interest to your photographs, and how to quickly capture the personality of the person you are photographing. He also touches on the ways that personal projects can be used to generate editorial and commercial assignments, and allow your personal style to evolve and grow while generating assignments you love to shoot.