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25 Portrait Photography Captions for Instagram – The Best Portrait Photography Quotes

If you’re a portrait photographer then you’re bound to have stunning photos that you’ll want to post to Instagram.

Nothing goes better with a beautiful photo than an inspirational caption.

To save you the trouble of thinking up a caption yourself, I’ve put together this list of the best quotes about portrait photography from some of the most famous photographers around.

Just copy and paste the portrait photography quote straight into Instagram.

Best Portait Photography Quotes for Instagram Captions

1. “Portraits are about revealing aspects of an individual.”

– Kehinde Wiley

2. “If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.”

– Eve Arnold

3. “In a portrait, you always leave part of yourself behind.”

– Mary Ellen Mark

4. “I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.”

– Ellen Von Unwerth  

5. “Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.”

– Yousuf Karsh

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6. “What my portraits are made of? 10% showing the reality, 90% showing my philosophy. “

– Scuro Chiaro

7. “A portrait isn’t a fact but an opinion – an occasion rather than a truth.”

– Richard Avedon

8. “A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”

– Richard Avedon 

9. “When a portrait evokes a feeling, then you’ve got something. Technique isn’t really important.”

– Bert Stern 

10. “What I want is a believable moment. What I do in all my portraits is to try to stay out of it. I try to catch people the way they are.”

– Unknown

11. “When you take a photograph of someone, you take a portrait of their soul. “

– Winna Efendi

12. “The eyes are the window to the soul”

– Unknown

13. “In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view. The image may not be literally what’s going on, but it’s representative.”

– Annie Leibovitz

14. “I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”

– Diane Arbus

15. “A good portrait ought to tell something of the subject’s past and suggest something of his future.”

– Bill Brandt

16. “The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.”

– Patrick Demarchelier

17. “A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”

– Edward Steichen

18. “If you wait, people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view.”

– Steve McCurry

19. “Portraits are the most intimate photographs. The image will survive the subject.”

– Victor Skrebneski

20. “The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

– Andy warhol

21. “In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson 

22. “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”

– Annie Leibovitz

23. “I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them.”

– Bruce Gilden

24. “When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.”

— Annie Leibovitz

25. “Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.”

Peter Adams