The British, Brooklyn-based photographer has only been freelancing full-time for under five years, yet he has already worked on intensive, high-profile projects, such as the “Body Issue” for ESPN The Magazine, and a series of over 100 Republican voters for New York magazine. He also regularly takes portraits for The Guardian, Variety, and Wired UK.
A good portrait can be deceptively simple. Evans recalled a fellow photographer’s preference for a portrait to be like “a line in a poem that the reader keeps going back to, re-reading, and unpacking.” It should also feel genuine, which can be hard to do in a contrived setting, he added.
And while photographers may look to others for inspiration, “imitation can be the death of [the creative process],” Evans said.
Here, Evans shares five essential tips for taking portraits.