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Portrait Inspirations

Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:13 pm

Thought I'd share with everyone my Portrait Inspirations.

While managing a small camera outlet here on the Olympic Peninsula from 2000 to 2003 I had the chance to go to Florida
for PMA (Photo Marketing Asso) where the latest and greatest new items for the photography industry was being displayed.
I had started to think about portraiture and there was a photographer giving a small portrait class during this convention and
just knew I need to sit in on the class. Well low and behold the photographer was Monte Zucker, as I began to understand
Monte was an Icon in the Portrait World. I not only took this class be several others with him afterwards. What an Inspiration.

I have this portrait of Monte taken by Clay Blackmore one of his assistance.
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:15 pm

Here is some of his work and you can still find educational material from him on the net.
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Post by minniev » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:34 pm

Thank you for this. I hope you'll keep adding your other inspirational figures/experiences until we have the whole story! It's a good thing for any of us to do, no matter how humble our own story.

What strikes me in this collection of his, is the ability to capture the essence of a personality in that one frozen moment in time. To me, that is what separates fine art portraitists from those who capture good likenesses.
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Post by Duck » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:47 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:13 pm
Thought I'd share with everyone my Portrait Inspirations. [...]
As far as direct living influencers and inspirations, Ernst is right at the top for me. Another portrait photographer I have long admired and whose work inspires me almost as much is that of Yousuf Karsh.
minniev wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:34 pm
[...] What strikes me in this collection of his, is the ability to capture the essence of a personality in that one frozen moment in time. To me, that is what separates fine art portraitists from those who capture good likenesses.
And that is the one element I struggle most when it comes to portraiture. And probably the one element that keeps me from fully immersing myself in portraiture.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:39 am

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:13 pm
Thought I'd share with everyone my Portrait Inspirations.

While managing a small camera outlet here on the Olympic Peninsula from 2000 to 2003 I had the chance to go to Florida
for PMA (Photo Marketing Asso) where the latest and greatest new items for the photography industry was being displayed.
I had started to think about portraiture and there was a photographer giving a small portrait class during this convention and
just knew I need to sit in on the class. Well low and behold the photographer was Monte Zucker, as I began to understand
Monte was an Icon in the Portrait World. I not only took this class be several others with him afterwards. What an Inspiration.

I have this portrait of Monte taken by Clay Blackmore one of his assistance.
Ernst, I am biased. I prefer your portraits to Monte's. His has body, yours has soul. Matt
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:49 pm

Have had the pleasure to studying with Tim Kelly a few times. I would go and see him again in a heart beat.

We are not required to make people smile.
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Post by Matt Quinn » Sun Feb 04, 2018 6:31 pm

Ernst-Ulrich Schafer wrote:
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Have had the pleasure to studying with Tim Kelly a few times. I would go and see him again in a heart beat.

We are not required to make people smile.
Ernst, What strikes me here is that Tim photographs "beautiful" people beautifully. These are not the folks I see every day or any day. They inhabit a different world than I do, maybe a more privileged world. Your people I see around me wherever I go. Thanks. Matt
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:51 pm

Back in the day I stumbled on pro4um.com on the internet. It was and still is a paid forum to join and for me it was worth every penny. Everyone was talking about
a convention called Senior Photographers International being held in Florida, of course I had to attend. The owner of pro4um Kirk Voilcan and his wife Tammy embraced
me with open arms. I also took time to attend workshops with him at his studio and a few small conventions of pro4um members in New Orleans. The guy is a great
HS Senior Photographer and besides that he is a great marketing/business person. Here are a few of his portraits.
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Post by minniev » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:20 pm

Thanks for more quality portraits. We can all learn from looking, even when we are not involved in this genre of photography.
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Post by PietFrancke » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:18 am

stunned.. the ones I liked the least were with the larger smiles. Contemplative frowns and eyes alive - my favorite was the three little girls, the frowning one especially, and the two boys with folds in the shirt fabric. Wonderful work!

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