Friday Inspiration: Colorful Portraits Full of Promise

Friday Inspiration: Colorful Portraits Full of Promise

There’s a fine line between colorful images and oversaturation, and we’re seeing more and more people flirting with that line. Tons of photographers with an impressive Instagram follower count up the saturation on their colorful images and we have to admit they often catch our eye when we’re scrolling. Composition and interesting subject matter often grab our attention, but there’s something to be said for an image that still feels fun instead of the tired, cliché, rushed images we often come across. 

To start 2020 off with a bang we’re featuring six colorful portraits that stopped our scroll this week. From a daily self-portrait series documenting one photographer’s transition to inventive portrait angles and everything in-between, you might want to keep an eye on these talented photographers. (We certainly are.) 

Myles Loftin

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MADGE, 2019

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Robin Hammond

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Photo by @Hammond_Robin | Avery is an exceptional kid. Not just because she’s transgender, but because her family loves her for who she is. It’s sad that this makes her stand out, but thousands of children are homeless because their families don’t accept their gender identity or sexuality. While producing @WhereLoveIsIllegal I met many of these young people. The challenges they’ve faced exposes society’s bigotry. The strength many have forged reveals their resilience. Despite all the conversation about trans rights, most of us are unfamiliar with this world. Stories like Avery’s allow us in. They also allow trans folks out. When a marginalized group is represented on a cover like this as proud and hopeful, it validates who they are—which matters to people whose existence is often denied. Many reading this post still won’t get how Avery could be a girl. But not fully understanding someone’s difference doesn’t make it wrong. For Avery, it’s right, and her difference makes her whole. In the last decade, Nat Geo photographers took 21,613,329 images in the quest to document the world and everything in it. This image was chosen as one of the 15 images that resonated most with us.

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Camila Falquez

Laurence Philomene

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Last puberty images of 2019!! I started this project in January so this marks a year of it so far – daily self portraits and documentation studying the beauty in the mundane, the slowness of transition, and my relationship to taking care of myself in various form. A lot of scrolling on my phone too. December was quite a whirlwind: I worked non-stop for the first half to save up for upcoming travels, then got sick with the flu, got my partner and my best friends sick as well, and had to take both our household’s cats for emergency vet visits. We’re all on the mend now and excited to see what this year brings! 1. Self portrait on my phone in bed, December 2019 2. Morning after our cookie decorating party, December 2019 3. Shaving my chin for the first time, December 2019 4. Eating and drinking all the vitamin c, December 2019 5. Self portrait in my studio, December 2019 6. Self portrait in my bathroom, December 2019 7. Drinking emergen-c by the humidifier, December 2019 8. Watching a movie in bed, December 2019 9. Flu remedies in my room, December 2019 10. Taking a bath, December 2019 More of this project as it unfolds this year 🧡

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Arielle Bobb-Willis

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Adrienne Raquel

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🤍REZA.🤍 @shanereza

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This week on Instagram we’re celebrating Lisa Godfrey’s inventive portraits with dogs and their owners.

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Caitlyn Edwards is the Senior Customer Marketing Manager at PhotoShelter. Passionate about visual storytelling and ethics, she covers photo news, events and offers educational tips.

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