Calling All Portrait Photographers!

The goal of this community is to share, engage, and learn from others across the globe doing what we all love, taking portraits!

With that said, please feel free to introduce yourself here, where you're from and share a favorite portrait of yours!


© 2019 Gary McGillivray-Birnie
Photographer: @mcgillivraybirniephotography
Model: Cecelia Shaw @ceceliashaw.model
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Lighting: Profoto D1 with 5foot octabox
Hasselbld H6d-50c Lens: 80mm
ISO: 100, Aperture: f/9, Shutter: 1/160s


Canon EOS R / Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
85mm · f/2.8 · 1/180s · ISO 100
Youngnuo 560-III
Shoot-through umbrella

Retouch: Big Bad Red

The brother of the Bar Mitzvah

So this is my first post in the community. I’ve been coming here for a long time and really just wanted to share a picture that really hit my emotions the other day.

At a Bar Mitzvah I was shooting, I happened to catch this shot of one of the brothers, just taking a moment to himself enjoying the view from the window.

Let me...

My first Discussion :)

Hey guys!

I've been in the website a couple of years but never been so active.

I Just wanted to show you a couple of pictures that I've taken along the road and see what you think, any critiques? Feedback?

Using only natural light on each one of these portraits, soft skin and color retouching :)


Is the Fstoppers rating system hurting photographers?

I apologize for the spam, but I'm going to post this discussion in a couple of different groups, as there doesn't seem to be a group for discussing the site itself.

I ran into an interesting idea today that I hadn't heard discussed before. A little backstory:

I've posted quite a few of my personal images in my portfolio here on...


The loose aim of the shoot was to hark back to the look and feel of some of the gritty and stark 1950s/60s kitchen sink dramas that were popular back then in the UK. The terms gritty and stark and in sharp contrast to the looks that are currently popular. I suppose they could be termed anti-fashion.

Recent Portrait Session

Had a great session this last weekend with a local model. Shot on my X-T3 with AD200 Pro in a MagBox for key on some shots. Some were just shot with a diffusion panel held overhead to soften the sun.


© 2019 Gary McGillivray-Birnie

Photographer: Gary McGillivray-Birnie

Model: Jenna Elisabeth
Location: Downtown Orlando, Florida
Outdoor, natural light

Sony A7rii Lens: 70-200mm f/2.8 GM
ISO: 100, Aperture: f/5.6, Shutter: 1/800s @131mm


"Super Dad"

Self portrait testing out my new gridded strip boxes and gels. In between client sessions, I often like to do personal projects. If I just do work for clients, I'm afraid I'll lose the drive and passion that I started with. I also get to have fun with different editing styles. I feel this is a necessary step to grow as a photographer as well as...

Critique Please

Looking to get a critique of the following set. Still new to doing portraits. Done about 10-12 now and looking for feedback to improve. Thanks in advance.

Model: Megan Grossi

Photo 1
Sony A7RIII w/ 70-200 2.8

Photo 2
Sony A7RIII w/ 70-200 2.8


Took this of Meagan last week. Such a wonderful person to work with. Would like any and all feedback from the group.