A Different Kind of Portrait

Circus Scare Actor

The first thought when someone says portrait work may include an image of sitting in a studio, with bright lights and a backdrop. While this type of portraiture is perfect for a family photo, a school picture, or a professional headshot, it isn’t the only kind of portrait available.

I recently attended Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa on opening night of their 2017 season. Unlike during the day where the focus in the park is on thrill rides and immersive animal attractions, Howl-O-Scream is about the scares, with a cast of amazing actors and other performers in shows, haunted houses, and roaming along the pathways.

I found the actors in the scare zones scattered across the park to be extremely fun to photograph, with many of these monsters willing to pose for my camera. While lighting was certainly a challenge, the use of a diffused flash and some post production work made these talented scare actors’ portraits really pop.

Performance portraits can be exceptionally tough to capture, but can also provide a much better image of the artist than a traditional studio head shot. Instead of seeing the actor, dancer or singer in a simple pose, it shows them in their element while performing their craft. In this fast paced show at Howl-O-Scream, a portrait of a single moment shows the emotion and energy in the individual’s performance.

Of course, more traditional portraits can be achieved on location without the use of a flat backdrop and studio lighting, but still provide great results. It’s all about using the available lighting and composing the shot to make it work, which can result in some amazing portraits no matter where you’re at.

If you’re looking for a photographer for your portrait needs, whether traditional or not, I invite you to take a look at my Portraits page. Feel free to contact me for a custom estimate, and don’t forget to follow me on twitter @mhopkinsphotos and give my facebook page a like.

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