The Editorial Portraits of Davis Street Tattoo

The Editorial Portraits of Davis Street Tattoo

The other day it was brought to my attention that most of my Editorial Photography work is of men and very dark in nature.

Which I responded with, “I photograph what I like.”

To be honest, there are a few reasons I’ve chosen to fill my Editorial Portraits portfolio with the images I have, which I’ll get into here in a minute.

But, first…

The main focus of today’s post is to show you my Editorial Portraits of Davis Street Tattoo.

Davis Street Tattoo Portraits

A few weeks ago I reached out to Mark Thompson, the owner of Davis Street Tattoo, because I had been wanting to feature a tattoo artist in my Editorial Portraits portfolio.

After seeing my Photillustration work, Mark was super excited to work with me on this project.

I told Mark, I’ll do a Davis Street Tattoo Photillustration, but you have to let me come in and do portraits of all you guys and some working shots too.

Clearly, Mark agreed, and these are the Editorial Portraits I made.

josh robinson is a tattoo artist with davis street tattoo in dallas, tx and photographed by dallas photographer jason ulsrud

editorial portrait of riley padgett of davis street tattoo created by dallas photogpraher jason ulsrud

editorial portrait of dominik cichowski of dallas tattoo shop davis street tattoo

editorial portrait of mark thompson of davis street tattoo created by dallas photogpraher jason ulsrud

The thing I love about these portraits of the guys from Davis Street Tattoo is the depth I was able to achieve using Photoshop.

To be honest, I can’t even imagine being an Editorial Photographer without using software like Photoshop.

I think when you see the Before and After’s, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

Before and After Portraits

Because my style of Portraiture is based around an “Illustrative” look, hence the name “Photillustrator”, everything I do requires a certain degree of Photoshop manipulation.

This requires me to shoot with flatter lighting, so I can then build depth and dimension in editing.

I believe, however, doing it this way offers a greater possibility of creating Depth and Dimension, which is what most portraits lack these days in my humble opinion.

As you can see, there is a clear difference between what comes out of my camera, and what comes out of Photoshop in the end.

My Editorial Portraits Portfolio

As I mentioned earlier, it was brought to my attention that much of my work in my Editorial Portraits portfolio was of men, and very dark and moody.

There are two (2) main reasons for my Editorial Portraits.

FIRST, and most importantly, I shoot what I like, which means I think I was either a tattoo artist or a Rock Star in my past life.

While I enjoy my life, there’s a part of me that just wants to let go and do whatever the F&$K I want.

Kind of like the people I portray in my editorial portfolio.

SECOND, I believe a portrait is only as good as the person you have in it, which means I better choose interesting people.

I’ve often said, “You can have a technically great portrait with an uninteresting person in it, and you’ll have an uninteresting portrait, or you can have a technically average portrait with an interesting person in it, and you’ll have a great portrait.”

Of course, my goal is to create great Editorial Portraits.

Suffice it to say, I’m on a journey through this life, and through photography, and I want to challenge myself along every step.

So, that being said, you will be seeing more diversity coming from my Editorial Portraits portfolio in the near future.

Weigh in on my Editorial Portrait portfolio, and let me know in the comments section below whether it’s too dark and grungy or not.

Comments (2)

Amazing Work, love your Style, keep doing what you love, and people will love what you do 🙂

Would love to see a BTS Edit 😉

Thanks so much Gemma… I’m working on a FREE Tutorial on how I do Shadows, which will be released in March. Not only will it be a great Tutorial, but the Composite I’m creating for it is going to be super funny. Thanks again for commenting.

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