John Harrington on How Great Portraits Are Made

March 31, 2014

By Meghan Ahearn

© John Harrington

John Harrington uses conversation to determine how a subject should be photographed as well as loosen them up. For this image, he "primed the pump" by telling the EzGov Inc. co-founders how excited he was about the shoot's concept.

In the course of his career, Washington, DC-based John Harrington has photographed a wide range of subjects, from actors and musicians to business moguls and presidents. However, he’s often tasked with photographing people who are not used to being in front of the camera, which presents its own set of challenges. “People naturally stiffen up, and all of their preconceived...

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