I am currently judging a contest, and one of the categories is portraits. I am amazed (and not in a good way) how bad some of these images are. When I think about a portrait, I want to get a sense of the person I’m looking at. Who are they? Do they have a sense of humor? What makes them smile? Are they playful or serious? Instead, what I am seeing is people posing in such a way that they look uncomfortable, so it makes me uncomfortable to even look at the image.
Another issue is there is so much stuff in the images I can’t even find the subject. Over-designed, over-lit, over the top. Yes, lighting is important and composition is critical, but the most important aspect of portrait photography is the subject. Who are they? Show me who they are. maryvignoles.com