Webster's defines "portrait" as a painting, drawing, or photograph of a person that usually only includes the person's head and shoulders.
I like to make portraits of people, people that I know or strangers that I find interesting; and while my portraits aren't the most formal I think they capture my subject in a very unique way.
For example, at a Veterans Day parade last month I happened upon a fellow Veteran who was playing the bagpipes. I talked to him for a few moments and asked him if I could make a portrait of him.
Most of my portraits are of people that I know and have known for quite some time before I photograph them, which be usually make it pretty easy to make a good portrait of them. As in the case of my friend Jim, who I had worked closely with for nearly four years before I made this portrait of him.
Although it has been a few years since I made this portrait of my friend John, during a trip to Maine, I think this one is the funnest portrait I have eve made, I think it captures his slightly mischievous and playful nature. At the time I made this portrait of John, I had only known him a few days, but it was a very intense few days at a photography workshop where he was the instructor.
Then there are the people that I know very well, and who know me equally as well if not better, as in the case of my wife. This is a portrait, that I think is probably the sexiest photograph I have made of her. I love the quality of light on this one as well as my subject.
You can check out more of my portraits in my aptly titled Flickr set, "Portraits" some of which were a part of an exhibit I was a part of back in 2007.