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Chef Portraits of 4 different chefs from Chef Photographer Brent Herrig's portrait portfolio.

Portrait Photographer | Brent Herrig // New York

Portraiture is all about energy. Think about it: There are photographs of people doing things. And then there are portraits of people showing that special something. That’s the difference between photography and portraiture: Portraits are about personality. And emotion. They contrast a human being against… everything else.



Portrait photography is an area of professional photography where individuals or small groups of people take focus. But it’s not just about shooting a person standing against a blank wall. The best portraits show the individual within a scene that conveys their greater story: Chefs are surrounded by their kitchens or dining rooms. We see athletes that seem fresh from the field. Employees reflect the energy and ethos of their company’s offices.

Portraits are then used to convey individual and brand stories on websites and for editorial articles in magazines. They’re also vital for advertising and marketing campaigns, and social media platforms.

One of the best things about portrait photography is all of the subtle thing that make up a perfect portraiture.   A professional photographer will assist with picking out the perfect location, or advising on the attire to be worn to portray the right mode, and even bring props that will enhance the photos! But there’s one thing we recommend every single time: Get in front of a camera with someone who knows what they are doing. The right photographer will know how to make sure that all your individual quirks shine through (like those beautiful freckles!), while also capturing an environmental setting or mood for context.

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