The Portrait Masters

My degree is in photography, but I started art school as a drawing major. I spent years painting and drawing and I carry this training with me as I photograph. I can't agree more when people say photography is painting with light.  I apply the same principals in Photoshop post production as I do in my drawings and paintings.  Many of my photographic portraits are strongly influenced by some of my favorite painters. 

I like to balance out a wedding portfolio with a variety of formal and informal images.  And when I take formal portraits I am consciously making decisions that are directly informed by paintings by some of my favorite painters such as John Singer Sargent, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and Jules Breton.  I love their use of rich color, texture and luminous light. Here are a few of my favorite paintings along-side some of my photographs.  It's easy to see how they've influenced me. 

 

 On the left: One of my wedding photographs.  On the right:  John Singer Sargent,  Portrait of Madam X , 1884. 

On the left: One of my wedding photographs.  On the right:  John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Madam X, 1884. 

 On the left: One of my wedding photographs.  On the right:   William-Adolphe Bouguereau,      Study of the Head of a Blonde Woman .

On the left: One of my wedding photographs.  On the right:  William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Study of the Head of a Blonde Woman.

 On the left:  One of my wedding photographs.  On the right:   William-Adolphe Bouguereau,  Biblis , 1884.

On the left:  One of my wedding photographs.  On the right:  William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Biblis, 1884.

  On the left: Jules Breton,    The Return of the Gleaners , 1859.  On the right:  one of my wedding photographs.

On the left: Jules Breton, The Return of the Gleaners, 1859.  On the right:  one of my wedding photographs.

 On the left: One of my wedding photographs.  On the right:  John Singer Sargent,  Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892.

On the left: One of my wedding photographs.  On the right:  John Singer Sargent, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892.