Making Portraits to Honor People (feat. Agenda Brown)

Have you ever wanted to honor someone special in your life with a meaningful and personalized gift? One way to do that is by creating a portrait that captures their essence and personality. In this blog, we will explore the art of making portraits to honor people and how it can be a thoughtful and heartfelt way to show your love and appreciation. Join us as we delve into the world of portrait making with the talented artist, Agenda Brown, and discover the beauty and significance behind this timeless art form. Whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a beloved pet, a portrait can serve as a lasting tribute to the people we cherish most.





Making Portraits to Honor People (feat. Agenda Brown)

The Art of Portraiture

I think all the best portrait photographers have one particular quality in common and that is a genuine fascination with human beings. In this video, I want to introduce you to a friend of mine, Agenda Brown, who I think more than most photographers really epitomizes this quality. He’s produced portraits as part of a number of series over the years, and we’re only going to be able to touch on a couple of those series in this interview. All of these series do one very powerful thing—to properly commemorate the person who’s sitting in front of his lens.

Celebrating Subjects

The best portrait photographers celebrate their subjects. They elevate them and show them off. Agenda doesn’t just put his subjects on a pedestal; his work treads a fine line where it shouts about the exceptional qualities of the person he has sitting in front of his camera. It also reminds us as viewers of our own exceptional qualities and the things we have in common with the person we’re seeing in his image. In that way, his work has a real democratic equality to it. I have learnt a lot about the why and how the best portraits are made just by listening to him talk about his process, and I know you will too. So, I’m going to let you hear from my friend Agenda Brown.

From Designer to Photographer

“I came from being a designer for a very long time and got quite bored of what I was doing. I didn’t feel challenged anymore, so I just went out one day bought a camera, not really knowing what to do with it as such, and then taught myself over time to shoot images,” Agenda described.

The Power of Portraits

“The power in a portrait is not just what the image looks like; it’s what the person has to give you and what you exchange during the time that you’re shooting. The camera becomes a sort of secondary thing and just steps in when it’s needed to. To me, portraiture is building a relationship in a very short space of time, and the camera will document that relationship. There’s a responsibility when you take someone’s portrait—not only to make them look a certain way but to record that moment authentically,” Agenda explained.

“When I’m photographing people, I feel an energy sort of run through the person, along the ground, up through me, and out through the camera. Throughout the session, there’s this sort of flow of energy backwards and forwards. I think that the time during that give and take that you press the shutter is what gives you this vibe.”

A New Perspective

“One of the things I really want the person to go away with is maybe seeing themselves in a totally different way than they had imagined. I’m not trying to create beauty necessarily in an image of a person, but I do want a very real and genuine familiarity with that person. I remember photographing a friend for a sort of business profile, and she sent the image to her mom. Her mom cried when she saw it and said, ‘I’ve never seen an image that looks more like you than this,'” Agenda shared.

Capturing Environment and Emotion

“One thing that I really love to do is to shoot portraits in a location or an environment. I feel that I’m actually taking a portrait of the place and the person. It’s not just a case of saying ‘stand here’ or ‘stand there.’ It’s a responsibility to document and show that moment that happened when these two elements, the person and the space, got together and became the image,” Agenda expressed.

“Hand,” a series created by Agenda Brown, shows the other end of the scale, where he focuses on one element of the person, capturing the personality of the individual through their hand. This provides a different perspective for viewers.

Reflection during Lockdown

“During the sort of lockdown period, I had more space in terms of time around me to really consider why I’m taking pictures and what I’m actually trying to say,” Agenda reflected.

There’s so much to learn from Agenda Brown on the art of making portraits to honor people. I encourage you to check out his work and take a deep dive into the powerful stories he tells through his images. Portraiture is about more than capturing a moment; it’s about capturing authentic relationships and celebrating the exceptional qualities of every individual.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Making Portraits to Honor People?

Making Portraits to Honor People is a project led by Agenda Brown that aims to create personalized portrait paintings to honor and celebrate individuals.

How can I request a portrait?

To request a portrait, you can contact Agenda Brown through the website’s contact form and provide details about the person you want to honor through the portrait.

What is the process for creating a portrait?

After receiving the request, Agenda Brown will work with you to gather information and photos of the individual to be portrayed. Then, she will create a personalized painting that captures the essence and spirit of the person being honored.

Can I choose the style and size of the portrait?

Yes, you can discuss with Agenda Brown the style and size preferences for the portrait to ensure that it aligns with your vision for honoring the individual.

How long does it take to receive the portrait?

The timeframe for creating and receiving the portrait will depend on the specific details and requirements of the project. Agenda Brown will provide an estimated timeline during the initial discussions.

What sets Making Portraits to Honor People apart?

Agenda Brown’s unique approach to capturing the essence of the individuals through personalized portrait paintings sets this project apart. Each portrait is a meaningful tribute to the person being honored.

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