Doug Menuez on shooting portraits and connecting with your subjects

When it comes to portraiture, photographers all have their different styles and approaches, but there’s one thing they can’t do without: trust. Gain your subject’s trust, and the possibilities are endless.

“We all hide behind a facade,” notes Doug Menuez. “To get past that, I have to connect with my subjects on a basic human level and get them to trust me and open up. And then a true sense of that person comes through, without self-consciousness. We connect in that fraction of a second. They forget themselves. They let down their guard. And I see them.”

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Portraits by Doug Menuez. Images courtesy menuezarchiveprojects.com.

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Earlier this year, Doug traveled around the world documenting the new season of Iconoclasts for the Sundance Channel, and his portraits from this project all have the relaxed, intimate feel that you can get only when your subjects trust you. Here’s one of his photos of Charlize Theron and Jane Goodall:

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Jane Goodall and Charlize Theron. Photo by Doug Menuez for the Sundance Channel.

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I’ll be posting more of his Iconoclasts images, as well as the story behind the shoots, soon. In the meantime, I invite you to spend some time with “Persona,” a selection of Doug’s portraits available at Menuez Archive Projects. Click on the image below…

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Click on the image to view “Persona,” a handpicked edit of portraits by Doug Menuez, available at menuezarchiveprojects.com.


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