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Men’s Portraits in Downtown Salt Lake City

by dav.d

I love photographing in downtown Salt Lake City. There are a number of locations that work great and my favorite is Exchange Place and the surrounding area. There is graffiti, golden doors, brick, parking structures, and more.

Xander needed some updated headshots for his job… everyone should have current headshots, btw. And while we were photographing those images we did a few couple shots with his partner Jake. They did not want “engagement” photos though. If they do get engaged hopefully I’ll have the chance to photograph those… but now I am blogging out loud and probably shouldn’t write this. Oops.

This should be a cover of GQ Magazine

This should be a cover of GQ Magazine

Professional headshots for business

Professional headshots for business

Men's fashion meets portraits

Men’s fashion meets portraits

Dressed for success

Dressed for success

We started with them in amazing outfits. This look like they should be on the cover of GQ or even on Pinterest for Men’s Fashion. Once we got the professional shots they changed outfits. Sometimes you can get away with guerrilla wardrobe changes. It is a lot easier for men that is true. One day I might invest in a one-person standup tent so people can change without prying eyes.

There is some fun graffiti for backgrounds downtown

There is some fun graffiti for backgrounds downtown

In the one block radius there are several samples of graffiti. We walked around the block looking for great light and some fun backgrounds. I do bring my portable lighting kit to make people look awesome. In this case I had two lights going. Shooting in the evening means we will have better light and we won’t be in the way of businesses or other people. After 7pm the streets are a bit quiet.

Graffiti makes color portraits even better and colorful

Graffiti makes color portraits even better and colorful

And we were lucky to get some awesome sunlight behind the subject. It isn’t as cool as Manhattanhenge (google it) but it really made for some awesome portraits.

Playing with sunflare we get cool effects in camera

Playing with sunflare we get cool effects in camera

Urban portraits/downtown portraits benefit from a lot of texture. Brick, steel, and glass can be found all over. We try and stick to public property and are mobile enough if we need to move out of the way of security. Once in a while you get an overzealous security guard. That wasn’t a problem tonight. I’m sure in larger cities that can be a problem.

Urban portraits benefit from lots of texture

Urban portraits benefit from lots of texture

I love mixing portraits with graffiti and urban art

I love mixing portraits with graffiti and urban art

I have a magic lens that I should use more often. It makes the background really blurry and ethereal. And people really pop out from the environment. I’ll show people photos from the lens and they will constantly say “wow!” Or they will say “that’s not bad.” Which doesn’t sound as cool

Golden light portrait for Xander during sunset

Golden light portrait for Xander during sunset

I broke out my favorite portrait lens which makes everything magic

I broke out my favorite portrait lens which makes everything magic

Sunsets and downtown SLC is a winning combination

Sunsets and downtown SLC is a winning combination

A lot of times the downtown photo shoots turn into a mini-photowalk. I’m hunting for cool backgrounds but also following the light. The light will often paint cool textures. The sunset was painting golden light and shadows on a parking structure.

Awesome lighting on a parking structure leads to awesome portraits

Awesome lighting on a parking structure leads to awesome portraits

Xander's headshot

Xander’s headshot

Exchange Place is a perfect spot for urban portraits

Exchange Place is a perfect spot for urban portraits

We are avoiding anything that looks like an engagement shoot

We are avoiding anything that looks like an engagement shoot

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