Types of Portrait
Portrait photographers have experimented with many different styles over the years, and four different styles are commonly recognized.
• Constructionist. In this form of portrait, the photographer is creating the image to match a general theme or concept. Many wedding portraits would fit this, as would many family portraits—these types of portraits showcase the happy couple, the model family, the powerful executive or the world-weary soldier.
• Environmental. In this form of portrait, the subject is shown in their natural environment. A good example might be a teacher shown in the classroom, or a businessman at the head of a boardroom table.
• Candid. These photographs are generally taken without the subject’s knowledge and showcase the person going about their business.
• Creative. These portraits are altered after the fact in a darkroom or digital photo pro-gram to accentuate, diminish or change aspects of the photo. These reveal something about the sitter or photographer that goes beyond the naked eye.
At Color Fusion Studio, we generally focus on the first two, particularly the constructionist. These are by far the most common type of portrait.