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Shutterstock Portrait Studio: Elijah Delwig at CreativeMornings/Moscow

For the last three years with Shutterstock, we worked with photographers to capture the spirit of CreativeMornings’ attendees in chapters around the world. Together, we’ve collected over 2,000 portraits.

A good portrait tells the truth about a person in that moment in time—not the whole truth, but close to it. It’s an intimate dynamic that requires connection, patience, and acuity of the subject’s spirit.

We interviewed each talented photographer to learn to see what they see when they raise the camera.

Meet Elijah Delwig, photographer.


What is it about portraiture that inspires you?

To catch a moment, I guess. It includes light, background, emotion, action. Its ability, if successful, sometimes shows someone’s beauty and even to tells a little story.


Portraiture is a personal exchange—how do you get your subjects to open up? What do you say or do?

The main thing is to be open at first and to be self-confident. A few jokes helps, because the laughter is the best way to drop some stress. Shoot'n'show a couple of nice pictures to make them trust you little more and get used to a camera.

At what moment do you know you successfully captured someone’s spirit or personality? How do you know?

I don’t until I hear, “Wow, yes! This is who I am!” I just share my point of view.

What advice would you give to people just picking up a camera, ready to explore the wonderful art of photography?

To be resolute, strong, communicative, but not pushy. To be attentive and careful and to be attentive to the background.


See more of the CreativeMornings/Moscow portraits.

Discover more of Elijah’s work on his website.

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