Environmental Portrait

When you capture a portrait of someone in their usual environment, that is considered to be an environmental portrait. Some examples of environmental portraits include, a gardener in a garden, a child at a playground, a coach in a gym and a teacher in a classroom. The image is supposed to portray who this person is and tell a story. While the main idea is to capture your subject in their environment, it is also important to capture some of the details around them as this helps tell their story.  Learn more about how detail shots help capture special moments here.

The subject that I chose to photograph is a student named Juliana Ortiz. She is a business student at California State University San Marcos. After graduation she plans on pursuing a doctorate degree in business with an emphasis in marketing. She can be found studying for long hours at the library.


Don’t confuse environmental portraits with lifestyle portraits! Although they are similar, they differ in that lifestyle portraits are not posed but are more about capturing natural moments. When shooting environmental portraits it is perfectly acceptable to have images where the subject poses and looks into the camera.


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