What Is Fine Art Portrait Photography?

February 02, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

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You have probably had portraits at some time or another, whether they were family portraits, baby pictures or those bridal portraits taken on your wedding day. But have you ever experienced fine art portrait photography?

 

This type of portrait photography is often taken in a studio, where more artistically stylized images are created to make stunning wall art. These images are created not just with wardrobe, makeup and hair styling, but with careful editing and color adjustments in post-production.  Fine art photos can also be taken outside, with much thought given to the background and lighting conditions.

 

How is fine art portrait photography different from regular photography?

Most professional photographers specialize in capturing a specific moment or milestone in a person’s life, such as a wedding, the birth of a new child or a high school senior’s graduation. Those types of photos are not always documentary-style; they might be posed or un-posed, but they generally are not stylized, instead focusing on the genuine expressions and feelings of the subjects.

 

Fine art portrait photography, on the other hand, is designed to be a piece of art. From the clothing chosen for the subject, to the background, to the way everything is staged, these images are carefully created by the photographer as works of art, designed to be displayed.  These photographers also make use of backdrops, props, accessories and other objects and techniques to create fine art from their images.

Woman on a couch, wearing tulle dress, red lipstick, staring straight into the camera.Fine Art Portrait of a LadyFine Art portrait featuring tulle gown from our client closet, beautiful backdrop and extensive editing for a flawless finish.
 

Where photojournalistic photographers work to capture a moment or a subject as naturally as possible, fine art photographers strive to capture a  vision. That’s why staging and posing are so important in this type of photography, as they give the photographer more control over their images.  Many fine art photographers focus on their personal vision for the final product, but our studio always works with the client to bring their vision into the picture as well.  And for small children, we all know there isn't always a lot of posing!  For children's fine art, we focus on activity that will engage the child so that they find it easier to "pose" for their portrait.

fine art boy on a tractorwinter portrait of a toddler

Is fine art portrait photography always in black and white?

Absolutely not! While many portraits may be in black and white, fine art portrait photographers work in color as well, often to great effect. Like most photographers, they capture images with a variety of colors, as well as black and white images.  Our studio especially likes working with bold color choices for fine art photography.  And sometimes we provide both options!

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Why should I consider fine art portraits?

Fine art portrait photography offers something unique—art featuring you or your family members. Instead of normal family photos that you may share on social media or put in an album, these images look stunning on large canvases or as framed prints and can even be conversation pieces in your home.  Think of those framed portraits on the "ancestor wall" in castles and estates - wouldn't you love to start that tradition for your family? 

 

Long ago, people used to have their portraits painted. Fine art portraits are similar in style without the long hours of sitting and holding a pose. These are images you are and your family will cherish for years to come—a moment captured in time as a work of art.

Our studio offers fine art portraits for families and individuals, with styling assistance, multiple backdrops and the use of our client closet to help you round out your wardrobe choice for your session.  If you are ready for your next portrait to be extraordinary, click HERE to get in touch.  We can start the ball rolling with a no pressure conversation about how to bring your vision to life.  

Girl in a gown and flower crown reading a vintage book in the woodsFine Art Outdoor PortraitGirl reading a vintage book in the woods Wearing a flower crown and a pink gown

Our studio is located in Burlington, NJ with easy access from the NJ Turnpike or Route 295.  We are within driving distance of Philadelphia, New York City and Baltimore.  We offer portraits for families, children and pets and yes, we offer fine art sessions in addition to the more typical family photos.  

 


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