“The War In Every Portrait” is an interesting video from photographer Sean Tucker that explores the idea of capturing authentic moments in a portrait session. Tucker muses that there is a constant battle between the subject and the photographer. The goal is to find the kink in the armor of their exterior persona and expose the “real” person hidden inside.
Portrait photography has the power to permanently capture the real identity of a subject but getting to a point of comfort in a portrait session where the real and true persona of the subject begins to show can be quite a challenge. Tucker says it is akin to being at war. The subject has a very clear idea of the persona they project on a day-to-day basis. This is what they will show you when they step in front of the camera. Your job as a photographer, however, is to cleverly peel away that exterior persona and reveal the authentic one they reserve.
Tucker offers a few tips on how to do this in the video as well as further highlighting the importance of this process. Have a watch, it really is worth considering if you shoot portraits.