What makes a compelling, powerful, emotional, soulful, and timeless portrait?

Portrait composition

How do you make better portraits?

  1. Focus on the eyes
  2. Have your subject tilt their head

Leonardo da Vinci:

Inspirations from Leonardo da Vinci:

Personal portraits

Personal portraits of Cindy, myself, and loved ones:

My street portraits

eric kim street photography hanoi-0004960 laughing lady

Richard Avedon

Here are my favorite portraits from Richard Avedon, who I consider the best portrait photographer of all-time:

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Portrait contact sheets