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Secrets of Great Portrait Photography: Photographs of the Famous and Infamous by Brian Smith

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Chapter 2. Find the Place

As with real estate, photography can come down to three words: location, location, location. Place adds yet another storytelling element to a photograph, giving the “who” a sense of “where.” A really great location even explains a bit of the “why.”

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ALEJANDRO SANZPhotographed in Miami Beach for People en Espanol

People en Espanol called me for a home shoot of Spanish, Grammy-winning singer Alejandro Sanz at his house in Miami Beach. The idea behind a “home shoot” is to capture portraits that take readers inside the stars’ homes and give them a peek at how they live.

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