Greg Anderson: Anatomy of an image


© Greg AndersonGreg Anderson has made portraits of participants in the National Beard and Mustache Championships for five consecutive years. (Read more about his portraiture success in our April 2017 profile.) In 2016 he decided to change things up by using an old-fashioned photographic technique, tintype. Here's how it went:“I’ve been photographing the National Beard and Mustache Championships for the past four years, but I couldn’t decide if I wanted to travel to Nashville in 2016... Continue Reading >

Greg Anderson: At the intersection of preparation and inspiration


He’s become known as the “beard and mustache guy” and not because of his own facial hair. In 2013, when business was sluggish, Las Vegas-based commercial photographer Greg Anderson traveled to New Orleans to photograph contestants at the National Beard and Mustache Championships—without any assignment to do so. The resulting images went viral, changing the trajectory of Anderson’s career by widening his exposure to potential clients and influencing both the images he produced and... Continue Reading >

Subtracting the human face


Nobody and anybodySo many photographers make the human visage central to their work that it’s striking to see a series that’s almost entirely face-less. Such is “Alterego” by New York-based photographer Ben Zank, whose subjects rarely reveal their faces, and when they do, they don’t make eye contact.“I used to shoot people’s faces often,” says Zank, “and I would say that when you shoot somebody’s face, you’re shooting their likeness, their personality, and that’s not... Continue Reading >

Wall art with heart: A portrait approach that emphasizes prints

March 2017 issue Profiles

Crisp and clean in style yet snug and sweet in spirit, Meghan Doll’s baby and family portraiture isn’t fine art, she says. It’s “heart art.”People get hung up on what constitutes art and what’s appropriate for their walls, she explains. But ultimately what most parents want is something that makes them smile, that swells their hearts, and that reflects the love they feel for their children. “It’s different from fine art,” she says. “It has a different place in your life.... Continue Reading >

Double take: Andrew H. Walker captures actors two ways

March 2017 issue News

Having made portraits of celebrities at numerous film festivals, Shutterstock staff photographer Andrew H. Walker was beginning to feel his results were dull. “It was more, Here is this celebrity and this is what his face looks like in this time in history,” he says. “It had no soul.”So for the Shutterstock portrait studio at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival, he decided to try something different. Knowing actors are trained (and love) to take artistic direction, he asked each of them to... Continue Reading >

Dachowski Photography studio aims for print sales

February 2017 issue Business

Dachowski Photography, run by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr.,CPP, and Carolle Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., is based in Bedford, New Hampshire. While the Dachowskis handle nearly every photography specialty—wedding, family, baby, commercial, senior, child, product, and food—their primary focus is photographic illustrations of people. The Dachowskis have built their business on sales of wall portraits. Their studio reflects this strategy:There’s an inviting and... Continue Reading >

Adrian Sommeling’s dreamy composites star his son

February 2017 issue Business

Can a child ride a rhinoceros? In Adrian Sommeling's fantastical photo series starring his son, yes. The photographer was inspired to create this image after reading a story in the newspaper about the near extinction of the northern white rhinoceros. “I wanted to create a kind of image where the rhino fights back,” he says.The photo of his son was captured in a friend’s studio, with the boy sitting on the back of a large chair. “To make it as realistic as possible, my son had to be at... Continue Reading >