Barb Penoyar’s All-White, Natural Light Portraits | It’s Personal

In this series, we talk to artists and designers about their most personal works and the projects that are closest to their hearts.

Shout out to Dej Loaf: there’s just something godly about rocking white.

We’re especially feeling that vis-à-vis these recent portraits of model Magor M’Bengue by Nordstrom Senior Photographer Barb Penoyar–portraiture being something she does in her free time, after she’s shot the looks that our in-house Studio N needs for the day. Her current theme is In/On White. Expect to see more of Barb’s portraits on this blog, all shot with 100% natural light.

“This ‘In/On White’ thing might evolve over time,” she says, “but for spring I’m inspired by white on white.”

In these images, sunlight hits garments by Vince and Billy Reid. Barb loves natural light:

“My preference for natural light has to do with the fact that it’s the most difficult light to control. You can’t move the sun. It’s impossible. So you have to learn how to work with it and to manipulate the light with different modifiers. To me, that’s intriguing. The thing about my job is the prettiest boys in the whole world come stand in front of my camera, and it would almost be a crime not to shoot a beautiful portrait of them. So I watch the window to see when the light’s the best, and take my time and make something beautiful.”

Shop: Vince | Billy Reid

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  • Portrait Fan February 3, 2015, 11:34 am

    These are beautiful portraits! Love the simplicity, especially knowing that there is nothing simple about capturing these moments. Thanks for taking the extra time to capture these natural-light shots on your own time to share with readers. I look forward to seeing more portraits!

  • Sydney May February 3, 2015, 12:41 pm

    Beautiful pictures by a talented photographer! A very “pretty” (in the words of the photog) model.

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