ABOUT ERICH DRAZEN

When I meet you, the first things you will learn about me are that I am a photographer and that I am a grandfather. 

My wife and I have raised three wonderful children and are now entering the next stage of our lives as grandparents. Nothing brings a smile to my face faster than thoughts of my granddaughter, who is, of course, my favorite portrait subject. 

Photography has been a four decade journey (so far) for me. An introvert by nature, photography gives me the means to interact with the people and places around me. It also allows me to keep learning, experimenting, and evolving. Because of this, I am not the same photographer I was 30 years ago, 15 years ago, or even 5 years ago.

In addition to portrait photography, in my free time, I also enjoy doing landscape and scenic photography. To view that work click here - www.erichdphoto.com

Why do you want your portrait taken?

 For me, portraits are a way to tell your story. The question is, what do you want it to say about you? In order for me to help you tell your story, I have different  portrait story types to address the different goals of my clients. Once I know the "why," that will determine the "how."

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The first portrait type is the "Who Are You?" When a person looks at a portrait, usually the first place you look is at the person's eyes. Everyone has heard the following sayings. "A picture is worth a thousand words," and "The eyes are the windows into the soul." So what do you want people to know about you when they look into your portrait's eyes? Knowing who you really are isn't always easy, and it can change over time. This first type of portrait attempts to convey who you really are.

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The second type is the "Who do you want to be / how do you want to be seen?"  Sometimes we want to portray a certain self image to others. This is common for business or actor headshots. This portrait allows you to portray a sense of confidence in who you are and what you do. No less or more important than the previous type, these portraits fill a specific purpose, often professional or business, that most people need at one time or another.

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The third type is the "Fantasy." This allows people to play a part for a short time. It allows people to get creative with style and try something that they might not do otherwise. This type of portraiture is very much about the experience, for example, getting all dressed up in something you wouldn't normally wear or getting fancy or crazy hair and makeup done. It is the experience and the memory of that experience that is captured in the portrait.g elit.

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Finally, there is the "Memory." These are portraits taken to commemorate special times or events like graduations, family get togethers, special birthdays, etc. These are all events in our lives that we want to remember, and these portraits allow us to look back fondly at those times.


This is not an exhaustive list of portrait types, just the primary types of portrait stories that I tell. It is also not uncommon for a portrait story to expand to more than one genre. My mission is to help you tell your story through your portrait and to do that, I will help guide you and hopefully, get to know you.

I hope your interest has been piqued and you will allow me to tell your story.

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