Surreal Portraits

Surreal Portrait Photography

Those of you looking for something out of the ordinary may be interested in a different approach to portrait photography. Surreal photography has a dreamlike quality that adds strong feeling and emotion to photographs. This is the style that I use when creating my fine art photography. I have always possessed a love for the unusual, which naturally draws me towards the dream like images of surrealism. Teetering between abstraction and reality, my surreal portraits are often open for interpretations. The techniques I use to create surreal images vary, sometimes using slide film, motion or dramatic lighting. Lighting is key in these photographs. Surreal photographs are my favorite images to create. There is a sense of surprise when the photograph is captured, because each one is unique in its own way. When photographing long exposures, used to capture movement, it may take a few tries to achieve the image we are looking to accomplish but it is worth the extra time. The final photographs look great in a simple black frames displayed on your wall.


  • Props are great for surreal photographs. I can help you decide on effective props, depending on the look and feel you want to achieve.
  • Wardrobe is very important. With surreal photographs I like to portray a sense of timelessness, but ultimately it will depend on what you want the final photographs to convey.
  •  Ask me about printing and framing options. Once we complete the photo shoot and your photographs are ready to print, we can discuss what types of prints and frames will work best with the final product. Simple framing helps keeps your photograph as the main focal point when the image is up for display.

Contact me if you are interested in a surreal portrait photo-shoot.

I know that these photographs are not for everyone. I try to bring a toned-down version of surrealism to my free-lance photography by using interesting compositions and effectively using lighting.