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Your Image – The Style’s the Limit (preview)

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Model: Teneille
Backlit environmental portrait.

By Kelly Funk

If you’re shooting almost exclusively landscape or wildlife content and you’re wanting to move into environmental portraits, even if it’s just a small portion of your content, incorporating elements into those portraits that fit your already existing style is a great way to get started. My photography career got underway like I just described, shooting wildlife and landscapes, with absolutely no people or human elements. I’ll always have a love for the environment, but as I progressed into paid work I could tell that working with people was very appealing to me. It also helped grow my business. An easy transition to shooting portraits can start with large-scale landscapes, including a person for scale and then transitioning until there’s more emphasis on a person or people, until finally you may find yourself working with the environment coming in second place. How you get there isn’t as important as while you’re there though.

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There are fundamental components that you already possess as a photographer, but you may not have looked inwardly at how to assimilate them into your portrait work. It’s these characteristics that become so important in creating something that’s stylistically yours …

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