I often times hear that portrait photographers will only show 1 person in their portfolio and not to duplicate subjects on their website. I am completely against this idea and urge photographers to be more like Mr. Tarantino, who can transform characters and settings by use of wardrobe, color, and hair. This post is a call for examples of how YOU are shooting the same subject differently. Send me your images and I will post a follow up article with the best suggestions.
Gaining access to great subjects and models can be a struggle, especially if you are starting out and have limited access to wardrobe, hair, makeup, and a crew. This video from Timor Barshtman is a great example of how you can use similar characters and evoke completely different emotion through your use of settings, wardrobe, and hair and makeup. Despite using the same actors in most of his movies, I am never reminded or distracted by other characters from previous movies. Keep this in mind next time you have access to a great model/subject and you want to maximize the amount of portfolio work you can create.
What is your take on approaching the same model completely different? In the comments below answer the following questions:
- Explain why you would or wouldn't show two or more of the same model in your portfolio.
- What are some of your tricks to make the same person look completely different.
- Post a link to some examples, how you did it and add if you would like to be included in the next post.
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