Alissa

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Alissa is a trapeze artist and a graduate of Brattleboro’s New England Center for Circus Arts.

 

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She’s heading to Europe in a few months to seek a position as a trapeze artist and needed some portraits for her portfolio. We spent some time in the studio before doing some outdoor images on a wonderfully warm March day.

 

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Great portraits have a couple of key ingredients. The first is a relaxed, fun atmosphere of collaboration between the subject and the photographer. If it’s not fun, it’s going to be reflected in the images.

 

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Another key ingredient is great light. I love scoping out places around southern Vermont that have soft, flattering light. This alley is one of my faves!

 

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So I set this funky red stool in the alley, and ask Alissa to do whatever feels comfortable to her, thinking she’s going to sit on the stool. Not so much.

 

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Providing some positive direction about posing can really help someone relax and be themselves. A lot of times I’ll say something like, “What if you knelt down by the stool like this and tried a couple of things?” showing them what I have in mind. Then they take it from there, creating beautiful, natural portraits that convey both their personality and style. I love these images of Alissa.

 

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Another example of suggesting to a NECCA grad that maybe they could stand behind the rail. Trapeze artists stand behind rails differently than most of us.

 

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Different angles and compositions can be so much more interesting than the same old shots. Crazy blue eyes don’t hurt either.

 

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We are so blessed to live in a town that has such a rich patina. I would never be tempted to use a green screen when I have Brattleboro as a backdrop.

 

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Genius portraitist Josef Karsh often framed his subjects in a doorway or window to provide a frame within a frame. I love the dripping roof top tar.

 

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Wish Alissa luck as she travels to Germany to pursue her art and joy. Alissa thanks for the opportunity for me to pursue my art and joy with you on a warm March day!

 

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