My near-future adventure into the world of photographing models has my gears turning, and I’ve been looking for examples of extraordinary model portraits. A lot of stuff I found out there is somewhat generic with lighting and pose — and maybe because that’s what works for the client. But as an art photographer, I felt a little empty with that kind of stuff. So I went in search of some extraordinary model photography.

What I found was that I’m most attracted to the portraits that stand out from the rest. The really unique stuff. I also found that the unique qualities can come from either the models themselves or the photographers. And when you combine a unique and talented model with a unique and talented photographer, you get magic.

The following selection of photos come from a mix of professional and amateur photographers. The models in the shots might also be a mix of professionals, amateurs, friends, and even the photographer taking the photo. Do note: a couple of the photos below are quite informal and the subject is not a model, but I included them because they are good examples of what could be done in a formal portrait situation.

You can also see my Flickr Gallery here.

Day One Hundred Forty One
Creative Commons License photo credit: Dustin Diaz

So
Creative Commons License photo credit: Luc D

First time with a Hasselblad
Creative Commons License photo credit: Carlo Nicora

20090427_aurum_0090
Creative Commons License photo credit: checkmezov

Andreas Tilliander Makes His Move
Creative Commons License photo credit: Aeioux

Her Tangible Dream •.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Felipe Morin

Jesús Hidalgo10
Creative Commons License photo credit: Esther Marí

mallard pinup
Creative Commons License photo credit: MadMannequin

{ you're the only one !! }
Creative Commons License photo credit: graphistolage

Coleção Geometologia - Neandro Ferreira
Creative Commons License photo credit: André-Batista

PORTRAIT OF A FRIEND
Creative Commons License photo credit: Akbar Simonse


Creative Commons License photo credit: Carolina Parragué

The third eye
Creative Commons License photo credit: Tywak

Collab5 (Picture II)
Creative Commons License photo credit: TNT Photo

Oriol Lopez Sanchez 01 © studio.es
Creative Commons License photo credit: Vincent Boiteau

Let The Curtain Come Down
Creative Commons License photo credit: Gabriela Camerotti

Do you have any good examples of model portraits or other posed portraits? Feel free to drop your photos into the comments below. And if you have any favorites from fellow photographers, leave a link so we can check it out!

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sweet selection!

January 10, 2010 10:17 pm

Great post with some really powerful photos and great creative ideas!

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my favourite photo of 2009, a portrait of a lovely young girl named Siera, in costume:

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January 10, 2010 10:20 pm

The best one is the film one of course :)

January 10, 2010 11:36 pm

Nice set of pictures. especially the 2nd by Luc D ang the 10th by Andre-Batista
I love the simplicity of them and their own uniqueness

January 11, 2010 6:05 am

A great photographer

http://www.alvarovillarrubia.com/

January 11, 2010 8:03 am

Arjuna Capulong is a high school junior who has a great eye for shooting people. What I like about his portraits is that he and his models have great fun during the shoots and it shows in the energies exuding from many of his images. He’s already doing senior portraits, etc, for money and plans to be a full-time pro when he’s able.

http://arjunacapulong.xanga.com/

January 11, 2010 12:19 pm

nice selection of portraits – there’s so many ideas that can come from these.

January 13, 2010 9:11 pm

Love the creativity, the uniqueness and the quality of shots! Very good example on how to combine quality shooting with quality post processing!

January 15, 2010 3:02 pm

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