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Instagram Follow Friday - See How These Portrait Shooters Use Camera, Lens & Light

In this week’s Instagram Follow Friday we’re featuring a group of photographers who are churning out incredible portrait shots using their Sony Alpha cameras. Take a look at their work and give them a follow. If you want the chance for your account to be featured in an Instagram Follow Friday, make sure you use #BeAlpha on your Sony photography posts. Don’t forget to follow @sonyalpha for your daily dose of Sony photo inspiration.

Follow @sonyalpha and tag your own Sony photos on Instagram with #BeAlpha for your chance to be featured!

Brian Smith – @briansmithphoto

Brian Smith is a Sony Artisan of Imagery with over 30 years of experience capturing iconic portraits of popular people. As you scroll you’ll see an eclectic variety of colorful photos on his Instagram account. While he rarely posts his high-profile portraits on his Instagram account (it’s more fun photos of different objects from his travels), he posted this shot he took of Burt Reynolds to honor him when he passed. See if you can spot any other stars he’s photographed on his account and if you’re interested in his process check out his workflow for editorial portrait shoots.

Tim Caver – @timcaver

Tim is a portrait photographer based in Atlanta. As you scroll through his Instagram account you’ll see one beautiful portrait after another. With colorful backgrounds and props, every single photo of his has the ability to captivate you. We love this gorgeous portrait with sunflowers he recently posted, and he managed to capture it on his new Sony. His thoughts? “Finally got a chance to shoot some creative shots with my new α7R III and I think it’s safe to say I’m in love.” We totally get it Tim, we are too. Give him a follow to see what he’ll do next with his new camera!

Francisco Joel Hernandez – @fjhphoto

Francisco is a portrait photographer based in Texas. His entire Instagram account is nothing but stunning portraiture. What we really love about his account is that he provides a lot of insight into his lighting and photographing techniques through his behind-the-scenes footage and captions. He took the portrait below using his Sony α7R III and Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master, and you can click through the post for more details on how he did it. If you want to know more about his preferred portrait gear, check out his What’s In My Bag to see why he uses prime lenses for just about everything he does.

Jane Kim – @_janekim

Jane is a fashion and lifestyle photographer and another member of the Sony Alpha Imaging Collective. Her account is bright and alive with stunning fashion portraits, dreamy lifestyle images, glistening skylines and other incredible travel shots. Her photos have such a fresh vibe that just looking at her work can put you in a good mood! She took the portrait below using her Sony α7R III and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

Thomas Kakareko – @thomas_k

Thomas is a Sony photographer based in Berlin. His account boasts a great variety of street photography and artistic portraits. He bounces back and forth between using his Sony α7S II and his α7R III for both personal and professional work. The images below are from a photo shoot in Berlin and we love his composition of the space combined with the subjects’ poses. Give him a follow for more intriguing portraits and and moody street photos.


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