Eye of the (camera) holder – updated
Timeless portrait photography maintains glamour in days of modern gadgets
Portrait photography was once a luxury reserved for society’s well-to-do. In the early days of photography, privileged families immortalized their illustrious lineages in sepia-toned, black-and-white and, on rare occasions, color photographs taken by artists and photographers commissioned to create lasting family treasures.
Thumb through old photographs at an estate sale or antique store and you’re sure to find a family portrait that looks pretty much like this: The family patriarch stands, starched and erect, towering territorially over a wife and children – all in their Sunday best with stoic expressions frozen on their faces.
Photographers of those days were also commissioned to photograph family estates, art collections and other accumulated trappings – symbols of wealth and world travels.
Today, portrait and other personal photography needn’t be so stuffy – nor reserved for the wealthy. Technological advances in the field have made it possible for quality portrait photography to be more available to the masses. And just in time. The demand for professional portrait photography has grown beyond families and individuals, and models and actors. More and more, corporations, musical artists, visual artists and even young couples wishing to immortalize prom nights, are seeking professionals to capture their images.
Still, it takes more than a digital camera from the local electronics store and other modern gadgets to produce quality photography worth anyone’s hard-earned money.
The photography professionals of GS3 Photography and Art are on a mission to bring about a return to glamour, beauty and perfection to portrait photography, but with a modern edge.
“The digital world has made photography less expensive, but quality is in not only the eye – but the skill and technique of the photographer to take great shots,” Said GS3 founder and owner Georgio Sabino III. “Anyone can take a photo but not everyone can make people feel better. Just as you’d want Goya to paint your portrait, a professional photographer with an eye for fashion and color should be your choice for photographic portraits.”
When talking about portrait photography – capturing a human being’s essence and soul on film – the photographers of GS3 cannot discuss the topic without discussing feeling and emotions. This is the stuff that makes humans human, after all.
“A good portrait photographer must be able to capture the intangible, very personal part of a human subject and recreate it on film,” Sabino said. “That’s why it’s important for me to begin every session by helping the subject clear her or his mind. Otherwise, the worry or stress from the night before is sure to come through in the face.”
Still, the technical and the artistic cannot be exclusive of one another, Sabino said. The resulting image when the right eye, vision and technical know-how come together is a work of art on film to be treasured for generations.
“Knowing how to arrange the photograph, composition and lighting are extremely important,” said Sabino, also an accomplished visual artist and fashion designer. “If you understand aperture and shutter speed in your camera, add an understanding of fashion, lighting and visual art, your photography will possess what in the art world is defined by aesthetics.”
GS3 Photography and Art services also include model comp-cards, photographing fine artists’ works, prom and formal dance photos, headshots and concert shots for musicians and performing artists, and business promotional photography. To schedule a session, call (216) 256-7018 or visit http://www.GS3.us/http://www.gs3weddings.com/www.modelsat1900.com/http://blog.modelsat1900.org/
- Christopher Yoshito, self-portrait: “Remember the camera is only a tool,” said GS3 photographer Christopher Yoshito (in the below self-portrait), a 12-year veteran of photography and film. “The subject is Number 1, the set-up is Number 2. How you set the mood and or frame of the shot is key. There must be a before, the present (the actual shot) and a past, to make a great picture.”
- Christopher Yoshito, Black Swan: My eye sees what most people walk past: the leaf on the ground, an old window in a broken house, and I love the strange or what some may call not so pretty. If you look hard – I mean look real hard – you will see the beauty in any subject. Of course, I am a man, so I must admit women are my favorite human subjects to shoot.” http://www.christopheryoshito.com/http://cyoshitophotogaphy.see.me/
- Richard Durrah, self-portrait: “The word photography means writing or drawing with light. Without light there could be no vision or photography because it is light reflected from the world around us that makes things visible to both our eyes and the eye of the camera,” said GS3 photographer Richard Durrah (in the below self-portrait), who fell in love with picture-taking from the day his father brought home his family’s first camera. “Aside from f-stops, shutter speeds and apertures, the trick to shooting the perfect portrait is the rule of thirds: by placing your subject one-third the distance from the edges of the frame for the ideal image composition.”
- Richard Durrah, portrait of Sean & Starr: A Sub Contractor “Most clients are looking for a blend of posed and candid images in a photo-journalistic style; so I am taking a storytelling approach to their family portraiture,” Durrah said. “My favorite subjects to shoot are friends and family. Next to that, I think my personal best is wedding photography. As an observer, I am honored and ready to document the joy and spirit of a beautiful wedding.” www.richarddurrah.gs3weddings.com
5. Amanda Duffy, self-portrait: “I appreciate natural lighting but also enjoy studio lighting and creating shadows and depth in a studio, said Amanda Duffy (in the left self-portrait) of GS3, a self-made photographer, painter and ceramic artist. “Lighting sets the mood and the feelings for all photography. A true photographer feels the moment, and in an instant can deliver something far more than what the world around them can see. It is all about the art of creating, vision and feeling just when the right moment is there.” http://www.amandaduffyphotography.com/
6. Amanda Duffy, ‘Swag’ portrait: “Clients lately have been requesting photography for weddings, fashion and unique engagements. While most of my work is focused on weddings, nature photography, fashion and family are subjects that I also enjoy.”
7. Georgio Sabino, self-portrait: “The digital world has made photography less expensive, but quality is in not only the eye – but the skill and technique of the photographer to take great shots,” Said GS3 founder and owner Georgio Sabino III (in the above self-portrait). “Just as you’d want Goya to paint your portrait, a professional photographer with an eye for fashion and color should be your choice for portraits.” http://www.georgiosabino3.com/
8. Georgio Sabino, bride portrait: “A good portrait photographer must be able to capture the intangible, very personal part of a human subject and recreate it on film,” Said GS3 founder and owner Georgio Sabino III. “That’s why it’s important for me to begin every session by helping the subject clear her or his mind. Otherwise, the worry or stress from the night before is sure to come through on the portrait.”