The portraits

Nic joined me in the Dale Loft in Chippendale for this shoot in 2022.

The work of Edward Hopper, the contemporary American painter, influences so much of what I want to create. I want my portraits to capture the moments where we reflect. There’s beauty in the images but also a melancholy. What will tomorrow bring?

Would you like to model?

As an aspiring fine arts photographer, I’m looking for models who are able to help me show in portraits the beauty, vulnerability and melancholy of masculinity. I take the work seriously.

The strongest men are not without fears. Sometimes these reflections surface when we have a moment to ourselves. Men are often portrayed in armour; men are said to go to battle, to fight, and struggle at everything from family life through to work.

I want my portfolio to capture the moments of reflection, where men consider what it’s like to be in their form. That’s where I need your help.

Do you want a collection of beautiful images to share?

My typical arrangement is a Trade for Photos non commercial agreement which means you get rights to use my edited photos for free.

New York Movie 1939 by Edward Hopper. Copyright Hopper. Owner, MOMA New York.

One of my favourite paintings by Edward Hopper shows an usherette lost in thought. What are her worries? What were the parts of her life that landed her in this moment? Those thoughts consume her despite the movie screening so close.

As men, what does it mean to be strong in this moment? What is it about our thoughts, often in the dark, that consumes us?

Reach out on Instagram

You can see my growing collection of work at @jkerrison on Instagram

I typically shoot in the early morning or afternoon to get the most evocative light. The shoot will likely have a theme, brief, intent that I’ll ask you to commit to. Sometimes it’s simple shots at the beach but that is rare. I’m keen for us to create beautiful work that captures a mood but also captures an essence of you.

Making you comfortable and happy to try different poses is the art of the photo shoot.

Some accounts that I use for inspiration are:

It’s important to know I do use a Talent Release Form which I will give you well in advance of the shoot. In summary,

  • I’ll take photographs and give a select number of edited shots to the model and provide these at no cost.
  • The copyright is retained by me, the photographer.
  • The model will get an agreed number of photographs with rights to use these for self promotion but there is no other payment from the photographer.
  • Neither the model or I can commercialise the photos without further approval. This is not about making money from the model.
  • The model has no veto over the approvals of the completed photos.
  • The model is willing to take part.