Branding Portraits|Author profile Photos. David Sornig is a Melbourne-based author of fiction, memoir, essays and criticism. His first novel, Spiel, was published in 2009. He has been published in The Age, Griffith Review, Melbourne Review and Adelaide Review among others. David was a finalist in the Melbourne prize for Literature in 2015 with his essay Jubilee: a hymn for Elsie Williams on Dudley Flats, and has recently signed a publishing deal with Scribe.
David also lectures in Creative Writing at Melbourne University. He tutored me in Creative Fiction Writing for two semesters at Deakin University back in 2005, and we have remained in contact ever since.
Scribe asked David to submit a profile photo to be used in their marketing material. When he approached me to to take the photos, I had a clear idea of how I wanted to portray him. The advantage of photographing a person you know is that you are familiar with their body language. You know what stances are natural for them, and what might look awkward or posed. You also know enough about their likes and interests to form an idea of the environment they would best be photographed in. In this case, it had to be in an urban environment. It had to be in late afternoon light, and I wanted lots of bokeh – coloured lights in particular. The two images above ticks all the boxes..
All of the photos from this session were shot on a Canon 5D MIII, with my favourite portrait lens: Canon L-series 100mm f/2.8. Most were shot at f/3.5, as I wanted bokeh while keeping the whole of the face in focus.
Although it looks like a studio portrait, the photo above was shot outdoors in natural light. The backdrop is the door of one of the rowing sheds on the Yarra River.