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Gregory Heisler Offers Great Advice to Photographers

By fotosiamo on August 20th 2012

Famed portrait photographer Gregory Heisler is no stranger with working with the powerful, famous, and elite in society, and what makes Gregory special is his ability to find the authentic expression from his subjects even if he only has minutes to get to know them and shoot them.

In this 8-minute interview with Stumptown Visuals, Gregory talked about his thoughts in creating an authentic portraiture, one where both you and your subject are genuine with each other. It’s a great insight to one of the greatest portrait photographers of our time.

I love how he talked about how you can’t get an expression from somebody unless it derives from their own life, whether it’s with the Duchess of York talking about an incident of a dog or when his assistant was able to get a genuine smile from a millionaire chairman of the board simply by asking him “What’s your favorite candy bar?”

“You can’t get a response from somebody that doesn’t come from their own experience that’s not true to them.”
– Richard Avedon

What are some of the ways you find that connection with your subjects?

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Joe is a fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs.

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    thanks for sharing!

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  3. Jennifer Bates

    What a cool interview – thanks for posting!

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