Ep 254: How to shoot world class portraits with guest Antonis Engrafou

We talk to Antonis Engrafou, a portrait and commercial photographer based in Limassol, Cyprus. His aesthetic of work is influenced by the old masters of art and this is his approach to his entire body of work – commercial and portraiture. His storytelling approach shows emotions, character and stories through the people he photographs: “When I take a picture I want the viewer to feel a connection with the person I’m photographing and transfer the feelings and emotions to them”. His storytelling technique creates unique lighting and colour in the photoshoot to achieve the desired outcome, “a fine art approach to subjects”.

In the past few years, he has worked for numerous projects, both for clients and personal. His work has been seen in magazines, billboards and books. He has been featured in numerous blogs, awarded in prestigious competitions and Antonis was voted by Luerzer’s Archive in 2011 as one of the 200 best Ad Photographers and in 2018 was the Grand prize winner in the Productions Paradise Spotlight Awards.

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Show Notes

Above: Antonis Engrafou

Antonis Engrafou is a portrait and commercial photographer based in Limassol, Cyprus. His aesthetic of work is influenced by the old masters of art and this is his approach to his entire body of work – commercial and portraiture.
His storytelling approach shows emotions, character and stories through the people he photographs: “When I take a picture I want the viewer to feel a connection with the person I’m photographing and transfer the feelings and emotions to them”. His storytelling technique creates unique lighting and colour in the photoshoot to achieve the desired outcome, “a fine art approach to subjects”.

In the past few years, he has worked for numerous projects, both for clients and personal. His work has been seen in magazines, billboards and books. He has been featured in numerous blogs, awarded in prestigious competitions and Antonis was voted by Luerzer’s Archive in 2011 as one of the 200 best Ad Photographers and in 2018 was the Grand prize winner in the Productions Paradise Spotlight Awards.

Links:

http://www.antonisengrafou.com/

https://www.instagram.com/antonisengrafoudp/

https://www.facebook.com/antonisengrafouDP/

https://vimeo.com/antonisengrafoudp

We discuss:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of being a 3rd generation photographer
  • The moment he decided to become a photographer
  • His classic portrait style
  • His influences and the role his father and grandfather played in developing his style
  • Growing his business to become one of the most sought after commercial photographers in Cyprus
  • The importance of personal projects
  • Antonis shares his thought process behind scouting locations, lighting and connecting with his subjects.
  • His shooting, lighting and editing style.

“When I take a picture I want the viewer to feel a connection with the person I’m photographing and transfer the feelings and emotions to them.”

Image by Antonis Engrafou
Image by Antonis Engrafou
Image by Antonis Engrafou
Image by Antonis Engrafou

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