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Portrait Battle: 4 Photographers Shoot the Same Model

Photographers Jessica Kobeissi, Irene Rudnyk, and Ruby James are back again with another photo challenge. And this time they’ve invited photographer Derrick Freske to join in on the fun.

As with the group’s previous competition, each photographer was tasked with picking one outfit and location for model Liberty Netuschil for everyone to shoot, resulting in 4 scenarios and 16 final photos. The time limit was 5 minutes on each shot.

Here are the resulting photos from each scenario, and each one has a poll for you to select the winning photographer:

Scenario #1: Pink Skirt (Ruby’s Pick)





Scenario #2: Balloons (Jessica’s Pick)





Scenario #3: Dress (Irene’s Pick)





Scenario #4: Basketball (Derrick’s Pick)





And now the final vote: who shot the strongest collection of portraits across the four scenarios?

Portrait Battle: 3 Photographers Shoot the Same Model

After seeing Canon’s viral video of 6 photographers shooting portraits of 1 man, photographers Jessica Kobeissi, Irene Rudnyk, and Ruby James decided to do a portrait challenge of their own.

For their challenge, shown in the 6-minute video above, the photographers each shot three portraits of model Azizi Donnelly. Each photographer could choose the outfit, styling, and location of one of the portraits. The 3 photographers would then receive 5 minutes to create the best portrait they could with that chosen outfit/styling/location combo.

Here are the resulting photos from the 3 scenarios. There’s a poll for you to select the winner of each one:

Scenario #1




Scenario #2




Scenario #3




Who do you think shot the strongest set of portraits overall from the three scenarios?

This Calendar Has 365 Photo Ideas for Each Day of the Year


Is a 52-week photo challenge not enough for you this year? Want a 365-day challenge? If so, there’s now a calendar you should download and print out.

The folks over at have created a nifty photo calendar that suggests one photo idea to try for each day of the entire year. Some examples: January 1st was “Beginning,” July 4th is “Fireworks,” September 21st is “Goodbye Summer,” and December 24th is “Silent Night.”

Here’s the calendar:

You can also download the file from Google Drive if you’d like to print it out.

Need a Photo Challenge? Try Shooting Your Own Engagement Session


The idea of standing in front of a camera is terrifying to most photographers, but when it comes to your own engagement and wedding photography, you have no choice, right? Well… maybe not. Toronto-based photographer Navy Nhum recently managed to capture a great engagement session with her sweetheart all by their lonesome.

Nhum’s decision was entirely based on curiosity: she wanted a creative challenge. “What do you do when you’re bored, hate the cold, have a tight timeline, and need a photo challenge?” she asks on her blog. “Shoot your own engagement photos obviously!”

So on a (still kind of cold) day in November, Nhum and her fiancé Devon trekked out to Bruce Peninsula and Nhum took on the challenge.

“I was kind of looking forward to being on the other side of the camera for once and having someone else tell me what to do, but this was super fun and challenging,” writes Nhum. “It was a great exercise in timing, posing, composition and seeing how much suspense I could handle as I watched, in what seemed to be slow motion, kids running by my tripod and $5000 camera setup…”

Fortunately everyone survived, and Nhum captured some great photos to boot. There’s even a slightly cliché but still really cool photo-through-a-viewfinder shot in the mix. If you didn’t know it, you wouldn’t guess most of these were taken remotely.

Here’s a look at all the keepers she got from this “selfie” engagement session:











“Overall I’d say the shoot was a success!” says Nhum. “I wasn’t concerned about fancy props, intricate lighting and all the things that sometimes overpowers the subject in a photo. All I wanted was at least three good shots and I’m happy with what we got. Even more important was the experience. We had so much fun doing these and spending the day hiking at one of our favourite spots, it made these images that much more special.”

So… are you looking for a new photo challenge? Because this one sounds like it’s equal parts risky and rewarding.

To see more of Nhum’s work, head over to her website or give her a follow on Facebook and Instagram. And if you want to see some of the bloopers from this fun engagement session, keep an eye on Nhum’s blog. Outtakes are going up next week.

Image credits: All photos by Navy Nhum and used with permission.

You Don’t Need a Great Studio Space to Shoot Great Portraits


My name is Philippe Echaroux, and I’m a French celebrity photographer and an ambassador for Hasselblad and Elinchrom. I recently had to do a portrait shoot at a large studio in Paris, but for this shoot I decided to have a bit of fun.

Challenging yourself as a photographer is always a good thing, so I decided to shoot the portraits I needed to shoot but in an unusual environment.

I decided to set up a makeshift studio in the small stairwell right next to the studio doors and elevator.


The space was so cramped that we had to pay attention to people exiting the elevator, since a misstep out of the elevator could easily have knocked over my light.


For this shoot, I used my Hasselblad H5D-50c with the HC 100mm f/2.2 lens and my best friend, the Elinchrom ELB 400 portable flash. I put up a black panel onto the wall with some glue stick to minimize the white reflection from the surface. For the background behind each subjects head, I used a small shirt from a woman in the studio.






My style of shooting portraits is all about being quick. All the photos in this post were shot in less than 2 minutes. Time was of the essence because people were passing through the area all the time.

In the end, it was a fun challenge for both me and the subjects I photographed. It’s good to sometimes step out of your comfort zone, right?

About the author: Philippe Echaroux is a French celebrity photographer. You can find more of his work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook.