Following Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’

“The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It’s important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing.”—Peter Lindbergh

Last year, at the suggestion of one of this blog’s readers (thanks Izzy) we added a new section to the right-hand column called “Top Posts” with the idea that if a person was new to the blog, they would see the most popular five or six posts that they could use to catch up with what’s going on in the blog. The tabulation of the most popular is done automatically by WordPress, so I’m not counting.

Last Friday, I noticed a trend. Even though only a few of each week’s posts are about portrait, glamour or boudoir photography, all of the Top Posts on that day were about portraiture. Now it’s possible that this ranking is because most of these posts have photographs of pretty girls including my former muse* Tia Stoneman, so maybe that’s part of it. But I prefer to think these posts are popular because the subject matter interests readers.

Starting Thursday and for the next two weeks every post, except for Wordy Wednesday, will be about portraits and/or lighting from classic to glamour to boudoir portraiture. I’ll share the tips, tools and techniques that I used to create these photographs and to keep it interesting, I’ll  try to not repeat any models that are used as examples, beginning with Courtney today.

Let’s keep this a two-way street: If you would like to make a suggestion about the blog, whether it’s to add a feature or maybe a question or two about a specific post, just click Contact and drop me a note. I’ll get back to you and will try to include your suggestions in future posts.

As always, I want to thank you for your support over the years and ask that if you need anything photographic that you click on the ads at the right hand side and support these advertisers who help make “Saving the World, One Pixel @ a Time” possible.

*I do not currently have a muse. If you know of any models, aspiring models or women who would like to become a muse, please have them Contact me—thanks, Joe.

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Author: Joe Farace

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