There are many ways in photography to create striking portraits. Some tried and tested methods include setting up clean, smooth backgrounds with expressive poses from subjects, beauty shots, creative editorial photo shoots, and more. However, Lomographer Carter McMillan a.k.a. cartermcmillan has particularly caught our eye with his articulate compositions with his models.
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carter's portraiture often has something to do with nature -- beads of pearls, stalks and images of flowers, plants, leaves and more often present in the portrait. Some models seem to wear floral lace, in which the garment adds a pop of intricacy and complexity, like rococo designs but with modern and edgier twists. These either come subtly or obviously as he also uses these decorations and embellishments as textures to the image.
He is also fond of shooting in black and white to give these photos a classic noir vibe, leaning more on the grey tones for softer, delicate aesthetics.
Follow Carter on his LomoHome for more of his works.