Fine portrait photography by Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

Perhaps no form of photography is as fascinating as portraiture. To capture an image of someone or a group of people, still, in a moment of time, is very special. Axel began his career by photographing people. His career in high end professional photography began when one of his images was selected to be in a biennial exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. From there, he was hired into a major professional camera company, and asked to shoot jobs–usually involving people.

Today, he specialized in all kinds of portraits, from senior portraits, maternity, corporate, candid, family, and photojournalistic.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

A very early portrait, ca. 1975, by Michael Axel, of a Portland, Oregon
homeless man, was selected to be displayed in the Portland Art Museum.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

Another early portrait of a friend from about the same vintage.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

Another portrait of a friend, ca. 1984.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

Family portrait with simple lighting and background.
This image really focuses on the sweet faces of the kids
in this family, and no attempt to capture the surroundings.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

A special family chair represents a recently lost family member
in this image, and prompted the family to stop procrastinating
about getting a portrait taken.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

Upon reviewing the images taken, this family realized, after
seeing their dog wandering into one of the shots, that they
should have included him in the portrait. Even though not
prominent, this photo, with the dog’s butt, was the final
selection and favorite of the family.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

An ethereal shot of the family in natural surroundings near
their home on the river.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

A candid shot of a friend. The pose and composition was
natural, but an example of the simplicity and beauty of
a spontaneous image.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

A band poses in a theater like one they would perform in.
Axel turned on the spotlight in the background to send some
light back through the shot to give it some flare.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

Another theater shot, with a slow shutter speed to capture
the motion of the dancer in an attempt to give her image
sort of a Degas feeling.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

A simple corporate or headshot type image, this one
of Axel, who also sings opera.

Portraiture, including family, senior portraits, maternity, and even pets, is a specialty of Michael Axel at FilmIdol.com

A classic image of this well known artist. The lighting is
simple but balanced, and the use of an extraordinary lens
shows the difference between amateur cameras and lenses,
and high end professional cameras used by Axel.

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