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How These Photographers Create Portraits That Tell A Story

Using their own combination of techniques for posing, lighting, gear, and scenery, portrait photographers are assigned with the challenging task of telling the story of their subject through a single photo. This week we’re featuring a group of Sony photographers who are telling stories through their portraits and posting them on Instagram. Take a look at their work below and give them a follow for more celestial beauty in your feed. Tag your own Sony shots on Instagram with #BeAlpha for the chance to be featured on AlphaUniverse.com, and give @sonyalpha a follow for your daily dose of creative inspiration.

Tag your Sony shots with #BeAlpha for the chance to be featured on AlphaUniverse.com, and follow @sonyalpha for your daily dose of Sony inspiration.

Joshua Kissi – @joshuakissi

Joshua Kissi is a NYC-photographer and another member of the Alpha Imaging Collective. He creates and posts thought-provoking portraits that include captions to help you learn more about the stories behind the subjects. His work is incredibly professional and inspiring. He did the photography on the shoot below for Nike’s celebration of Black History Month earlier this year. Give him a follow for more statement portraits in your feed.

Miguel Quiles – @miguelquilesjr

Miguel is a Sony Artisan and professional photographer based in New Jersey whose portrait techniques have made him one of the most in-demand photographers in the field. The Sony Artisan’s account is filled with beautiful portraits taken both in the studio and on location. You can learn more about his workflow for portrait sessions here and see which Sony lenses are in his bag for portraits here. He also shares his 5 tips for better portraits in this video and you can give him a follow for more beautiful and pro-level portraits.

RoGina Montgomery – @roginamontgomery

RoGina is a photographer and content creator from Chicago that helps brands, influencers and entrepreneurs tell their story through cinematic imagery and contemporary storytelling. As you scroll through her account you’ll see unique and colorful portraits that stand out from the rest. Want to learn more about how she created the cinematic portrait below? Read this article where she tells us how she captured it using the Sony α7 II and Sony 85mm f/1.8. 

Abel Perez – @abel.psd

Abel is a member of the Sony Alpha Imaging Collective and his otherworldly style of photography makes his account a fun one to follow. He utilizes interesting angles and light to create cinematic cityscapes and portraits that often look like they’re from the future. He took the shot below using the Sony α7R III and Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master. Learn more about how he often replicates motion in a single frame for his portraits here.

Jeremy Cohen – @jermcohen

Jeremy is a NYC-based photographer and member of the Alpha Collective. He’s a total pro when it comes to environmental portraiture, and he explains how he does it in this article. “I like to talk to the people I photograph, and think of my portrait sessions like a collaboration. I always ask if they want me to photograph them doing something specific or in a certain way. Once I build some rapport with the person, it’s a lot easier to loosen up and get better shots.” See some of the exciting characters he comes across in the city below, and give him a follow for more interesting people pictures.

Wesley Overklift – @wesleyoverklift

Wesley is a professional photographer based in the Swedish Lapland. His Instagram account boasts a range of landscape, nature, product and portrait shots.  With many of the photos he posts, he also includes a breakdown of the composition including his notes. It’s a great way to see into the eye of a photographer and how they take everything in the frame into account when composing. See his portrait below taken with the Sony α7R III and Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master, and swipe for his composition notes. Read this article for more of his portrait composition tips.


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