In the hands of Joseph or Louise Simone, the camera captures far more than an image.

Every artist has their muse, their inspiration. For actor/director Bobby DeNiro, it was – at least in terms of comedy – Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.  For singer/songwriter/musician James Taylor it was the immortal Woodie Gutherie.  For pop artist Andy Warhol it was the Cubist painter and sculptor Marcel Duchamp, along with the many “artistic types” with which he surrounded himself such as Truman Capote, Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, and David Bowie.

So, when you peek through the lens of your “picture taking device,” whatever that may be — whether it be Hasselblad H5-D or iPhone 5 — and gaze on your subject or subjects, who is your inspiration?  As a portrait photographer, or even “portrait photographer in training,” you may find some inspiration here at

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One of Michael Broyles, in his own style, but inspired by the Simones.

Internationally renowned portrait artists Louise and Joseph Simone have been living and working in Montreal, Canada since 1975 and during that time have earned numerous awards and accolades.  With that recognition, they’ve also earned themselves a reputation as internationally renowned portraitists.  Their work stretches beyond photography, creating “a new visual art combining digital photography, painting and different materials such as pigmented inks on an aluminum surface.”  You may find your inspiration here…

Remember; composition, posing, lighting and retouching… these are just a few of the considerations, and the skills, that are necessary to capture your subject.  But you want to do much more than that, and it takes a great deal more than that to get the image you’re after.  As Irving Penn, a fashion photographer known for his portraits of Al Pacino and Truman Capote (there he is again!) among others once said, “a good photographer touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.”

Are you up to the task?  Study the masters.  And, of course, practice, practice, practice.

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