Contender: Alex Sneiders

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Alex Sneiders

What's the story behind this portrait?
This shot was captured in the morning at a ranch outside of Tucson. We were exploring the buildings and outdoor features when we discovered this tack room. Immediately we felt that the background would make for an excellent location. The doors were left open to provide for some natural light.

Why do you like to shoot portraits?

As a physician by training, I like people, however I tend to be very shy when not in the medical setting. Hence, I have always been, and continue to be, very nervous about asking people to pose or model for me. Because of this, for the last couple of years I have been making a concerted effort to concentrate on portraits. I love getting to capture the real person in their own environment. It's also fun for me to see the individual's response to their image.

What do you think makes a great portrait?
A combination of subject, light, composition and background. A portrait that holds my interest is one that tells a story and asks questions. The questions do not necessarily need to be, and perhaps should not be, answered in the image.

Whose portrait work do you especially admire or feel influenced by?
David Tejada. He has helped inspire my photography and lighting as well as provided guidance.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens, handheld, softbox, flash with snoot, natural light.


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