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.
photo credit: Dustin Diaz
photo credit: checkmezov
photo credit: Aeioux
photo credit: Felipe Morin
photo credit: Esther Marí
photo credit: MadMannequin
photo credit: graphistolage
photo credit: André-Batista
photo credit: Akbar Simonse
photo credit: Carolina Parragué
photo credit: TNT Photo
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!