Carlos Osorio - Staff Photographer
One of the things we tend to do a lot of is portraits. As a result, you get to see the many different styles of photography here at the Star. Sometimes you can even tell who took the photograph without reading the byline. For me, portraits always go the same way. Meet the subject and try to make them feel comfortable. The worst thing is when someone looks uncomfortable and stiff. Once they know that you aren't going to steal their soul with the camera, the next thing is finding a location. I usually let the person walk me around. If I'm in their home, I ask where they normally sit. I try to accommodate them as much as possible. Sometimes, you just have to find the right balance of colour and light. Once I find the spot and get my cameras ready, I tend to give very little direction and just let the photos happen. I find that if I am giving directions, the best photos will come in the moments between poses. The key is being ready to capture those small fleeting moments.
Here are a few portraits I have done recently.
The first is actor Andrew Craig. I photographed him at the Factory Theatre in Toronto. Story Here.
He was really easy to work with. Actors usually are. I basically said, could you stand here and look at me please.
I have photographed in this space before but hadn't seen the light pouring in like it was here.
Always give them options.
Jabari Lindsay is project manager of Torontos Youth Gang Prevention program, a $5 million, three and a half-year pilot project catering to 300 young people aged 13 to 24 in the west end of the city. Really easy to work with. I photographed him in and around Nathan Phillips Square on his lunch break.
This last one was a news portrait of Jarnail Singh. He is a New Delhi-based Sikh journalist, who threw a shoe at an Indian minister who didn’t answer his questions at a news conference about politicians acccused in the 1984 massacre of about 2,000 Sikhs. Story Here.
This was a really quick shoot in a lobby of a hotel. If I don't have much time you can't go wrong with nice light by a window.