PURSUIT OF PORTRAITS (PoP)
We are a New York City-based agency that connects a community of global creators via curated experiences, brand activations, shared narratives, content creation and community building.
We are inspired by the natural behaviors within the community: creative nomads, digital natives, thought leaders and social beings. We offer a breadth of programing that include intimate to large-scale events and experiences, commissioned & collaborative projects, global talent and our Instagram platform where we feature talent, showcase innovation, measure partnerships and extend narratives.
We have helped launch brands to acquire new customers, delivered world class campaign assets for our strategic partners and clients, and hosted co-branded events. Our services include scouting talent, influencer-driven campaigns, launch activations, crowdsourced content, photo shoots, Instagram-driven promotions and features to community building efforts.
We strive to shape culture through the power of story. In an age where social influence and popularity is the new currency, we stand for cultural diversity, inclusivity in the marketplace, supporting people of color, gender equality and empowerment through uniqueness in personal and professional pursuits. We believe in the mantra that are “We are all influencers” who inspire by example. We measure our impact in humanity, not in likes alone.
THE GLOBAL PURSUIT
A collection of photographs and stories from the journey that started in November 2017 by Pursuit of Portraits (PoP) founder and photographer Saunak Shah across 5 continents and over 21+ countries over 1 year, furthering the mission of PoP to bring the creative community together by bridging the gap between online and in-person connections, fostering positive relationships, providing a platform and visibility for emerging artists, and sharing stories that empower and inspire creatives globally. Learn More >
PARTNERSHIPS AT POP
Our commissioned partnerships are meticulously well-thought endeavors keeping in mind brand voice, business goals and marketing objectives. Every nuance of deliverable is vetted out to produce content that is not only flawless but relevant through use of technology, design, insight and execution.
So whether it’s a team flying out to Reykjavik to cover a fashion show, taking over the 21st floor at a popular hotel for an interactive photo exhibition in New York City, sending story-tellers to Madrid to test a latest smartphone for a YouTube video series, a campaign around “trusted friends” sharing their trip to Austin for SXSW or an entourage of creators showing up in Shanghai for a private event activation; we’ve always taken on projects that we believe in and delivered on stories that are amplified by the power of shared and meaningful experiences.
CREATIVE PURSUITS AT POP
Fueled by a desire to embrace diversity and celebrate inclusivity, PoP has used social media and digital influence to positively impact and support all races and cultures, minorities, gender equality, the LGBTQ community, and all lifestyles, through the Pursuit of Portraits platforms. Our collaborations within the community are a testament to showcase the range of projects we undertake sheerly for the love of the culture and the pursuit of portraits.
So whether they are in-person collaborations with people of color and minorities in over 21 countries, covering cultural festivals in New York City, working with LGBTQ artists in Colombia, interviewing lady bois in Thailand, promoting women empowerment within the Islamic community or creating impact within emerging African creatives in Nairobi; we are always looking forward to shed light on different facets of humanity.
Stay tuned for a full list.
Stay tuned for a full list.
THE TEAM AT POP
Saunak Shah is an Indian-born, New York City-based creative and the brainchild behind PoP. With over 13 years in the advertising industry, Saunak has fueled his professional life as an Art Director. Saunak recently led the Global Pursuit over 1 year to 5 continents and over 21+ countries with PoP. His work focuses on the underlying narrative of people, the environments they live in and highlight themes around sense of place, people of color, fashion and identity.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Karston “Skinny” Tannis has always had an affinity for visual arts and exploration. Specializing in portraiture, Karston was introduced to photography and ﬁlm through his participation in New York City’s BMX scene as a way to document the adventure. When Karston isn’t coasting on his BMX bike in Brooklyn, he can be found capturing the essence and energy of various socialites in numerous scenes and subcultures.
Janeivy Hilario is a professional photographer and poet out of Connecticut who uses social media and traveling opportunities to express his creative side, capturing the world ranging from landscapes to what he calls "creative portraits". Neivy has worked with Apple, Macy’s, Philly Tourism, Vice, Palladium and many startups. He gives back his free time to provide services to non-profits and charitable causes.