Research: Editorial Portraits

Posted: March 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

To give me a basic oversight of the aesthetic qualities of editorial portraits, I start with a simple google search of the term editorial portrait.

One of the first results were a series of portraits by London photographer, Mat Quake.

New portrait photography from london editorial portrait photographer Mat Quake. Jake Morley approached me to take some portrait photographs of him for publicity associated with the launch of his debut album ‘Many Fish To Fry’ – now in the shops. I gladly took up the offer. Jake is one of the most easy going people you’ll meet and was pretty much up for anything on the day. So we got him balancing on his guitar with a hammer in hand (he hammers beats on his guitar as he plays and it’s inspiring to watch, not with an actual hammer!). A few frames enclosed.

I felt they were fairly strong portraits, there was an interesting and characterised element throughout the images, clearly identifying the purpose and narrative of the shoot. As well a beautiful application of light and colour.

David Giral _ Portrait

editorial portrait of actress Christina DeRosa, misty Christina, Palos Verdes, California

This portrait by David Giral offers a very abstract form of an editorial portrait. The cool, clean colours create a very ‘moody’ and glamorous atmosphere quite appropriate for her profession.

Photographer Jeff Mauritzen

Editorial Portrait sample taken by Washington DC Photographer Jeff Mauritzen

This portrait felt more familiar to the standard portrait used in many newspaper publications. Simple, uncluttered background, assisted by the narrow depth of field, emphasis upon the subject and well lit.

Tiffany Stern

An editorial portrait in an informal, indoors setting by Tiffany Stern. The nature of this shoot seems much more casual, although it doesn’t make it less effective in its purpose. Possibly using a combination of ambient and flash lighting to establish consistent light upon the subject.

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This is an editorial portrait in Phoenix Arizona of local acoustic blues musician Jay Taylor. I had seen the facade of this bar in downtown Phoenix and had always thought it would make a great background for a portrait, so when I was looking for a place to photograph Jay, I thought this might work well. I love this spot-the letters “Emerald Lounge” are actually falling off the wall, and I think Jay’s face has a lot of character that fits it well. I’m really glad I shot there that evening, as the next day they started to tear that wall down and redid the whole building. It’s now a Starbucks, but “The Emerald Lounge” remains alive forever in this photograph!

This is also another approach I have seen in newspaper publications, a more environmental based portrait adding substance to the story. I think this is a very example of an editorial portrait, its visually interesting, colourful, relevant with a clear sense of place and time.

Commissioned portrait series of Sandra Harnisch-Lacey

This next site lead me to a variety of tearsheets, this one is a commissioned portrait for real life magazine. It helps to establish how these portraits can be placed within a printed format.

Often the general format of editorial portraits is wide, sometimes supported by narrow portraits. This is unless the portrait is a main cover issue.

I will continue to research.

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