Two photographs that were shared on Facebook earlier this year came to mind, as I read a quotation made by photographer Edward Steichen.
“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
This photograph was taken by Allan Branthoover.
I downloaded this image from Allan’s Facebook page, with his permission.
On one side of the camera is the photographer, Janell Gable. By kneeling down Janell is on the level of the children. Getting on their level makes for intimate photographs of children, although shooting directly from above or below can also give a great result.
On the other side of the camera are the children — Janell’s nephew, Owen, and her daughter, Lilly.
When they posed for this photograph, Owen and Lilly were relaxed and having fun. Janell captured some of their spirit, as she released the shutter button. The resultant photograph appears genuine and engaging.
This photograph was taken by Janell Gable.
I downloaded this image from Janell’s Facebook page, with her permission.
I, then, inserted the photograph into one of my Photobacks templates.
Thank you Allan and Janell for use of your photographs in this blog post. The two photographs illustrate well the words of Edward Steichen: “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it”.