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OUR STORY

@PursuitofPortraits began as a personal Instagram account for Founder Saunak Shah, who was simply looking for a way to curate his growing work in portraiture and street style photography. Within months, Pursuit of Portraits had connected with thousands of people in the Instagram community. It became clear that there existed a tremendous, diverse, and widespread collective of fellow portrait-lovers -- and an opportunity to increasingly connect these individuals. Saunak knew that it was time to evolve Pursuit of Portraits into what we are today: a platform and meeting place for portrait-lovers everywhere. We are a team of individuals who share a passion for portraiture and strive towards the same goal of bringing this community together.

OUR MISSION

Create an accessible community of portrait-lovers through a platform to share the best of portraiture photography.

WHAT WE DO

Through our Instagram account, website, events and upcoming print magazine, Pursuit of Portraits endeavors to uncover, feature, and create community amongst the abundance of talent within the portraiture photography space on and off Instagram, here in New York City and around the world. 

At the moment, we're working on the launch of our inaugural print magazine dedicated to the art of making portraits and are open for submissions. For more information, please scroll down to learn more about our various categories. We are also excited to announce that we're working on "Behind the Scenes" studio sessions, portraiture seminars and a Pursuit of Portrait Instameet near you...If you'd like to host an Instameet, feel free to reach out to us for more details. 

Photographers, Designers , Tastemakers, and all individuals with a passion for portraiture; whatever your professional background, level of experience, technical know-how (or lack thereof): Pursuit of Portraits is for you. 

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Please use our hashtag #PursuitofPortraits on Instagram if you would like your work to be considered for "The Grid" in our inaugural issue, or to be featured on the Pursuit of Portraits Instagram account and website. Below are some photos from Valentine's Day weekend via #Pursuitofportraits

Images via #pursuitofportraits (Top to Bottom): 
@zay.ira, @azaleyaaa, @datswhatupp, @saunakspace, @stephenmar & @rebchenn


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The Team


We would love to hear from you!

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The Team


We would love to hear from you!

SAUNAK SHAH

Founder /
CREative Director

Saunak Shah is an Indian-born, New York City-based photographer and designer. With over 10 years in the advertising industry, Saunak has fueled his professional life as an Art Director, while using photography as a medium for self-expression. He is an Associate Design Director for IBM iX; passionate about the future of experience design. Saunak's work has been featured in both art exhibitions and national advertising campaigns. (IG: @saunakspace


Kunel GAUR

DESIGN DIRECTOR

Kunel Gaur is a New Delhi-based Art Director, Artist, and Founder of the independent creative agency Animal. After years of working for various leading advertising firms, Kunel decided to found his own agency and has since worked with numerous clients across an extremely diverse range of industries. As an Artist, Kunel strongly believes in the beauty of erosion and mutation, and his work has been part of multiple group exhibitions. (IG: @kunelgaur)


DEEJAY FORTE

MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER

Deejay Forte is a New York-born, self-taught visual effects artist, video editor and motion graphics animator currently residing in Astoria, Queens. Working full-time in the fashion industry, he aims to assist in the development of videos that combine his enthusiasm for teaching individuals about photography, science, and technology, with his passion for creating and designing multimedia content. He is lactose intolerant and allergic to cats.
(IG: @deejayforte)


MIKE BRYAN PEREZ

COMMUNITY MANAGER

Michael Bryan Perez is a New Jersey-based freelance Photographer and commercial Electrician who spends most of his time in New York City. Michael comes from a family of artists, which ultimately led him to first pick up his grandfather’s Sony camera. He likes his photography to be chock full of emotion with a dash of mystery and mischief. If you're walking around NYC make sure to look up, you might just spot Mike on a ledge around town. (IG: @5thphvse)


KARSTON "SKINNY" TANNIS

COMMUNITY LEAD

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. (IG: @skinnywashere)


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GEMMA GAISANO 

CONTENT EDITOR

Growing up in Toronto, Gemma Gaisano knew from an early age that she wanted to work in the fashion industry. After completing her undergrad degree (as well as a two-year stint marketing consumer packaged goods), Gemma moved to New York City and worked in Merchandising at Ralph Lauren, and Planning at Theory. She recently relocated to San Francisco where she now works as a Merchandiser for Banana Republic. (IG: @gemmagaisano)


JESSICA ROSEN

OPERATIONS

Jessica Rosen is a Pennsylvania-born creative, currently residing in Brooklyn. Though she has loved taking pictures her entire life, Jessica only recently submerged herself into the world of photography. She is most passionate about connecting with the people behind the camera, and believes that we can all help each other learn and gain fresh perspectives, no matter how new or seasoned we may be. (IG: @mrs.jessica.rosen)


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Anisha SiSODIA

SOCIAL COORDINATOR

Anisha Sisodia is a photographer and designer currently residing in Chicago. Photography has always been a creative outlet in her life, but when introduced to graphic design while living in California, she found her new passion. Fresh out of college, she is constantly exploring a variety of creative fields. Anisha now works as a designer and consultant, curates an art and pizza blog, and has co-founded her own creative brand. Anisha's current obsession: making GIFs. (IG: @anishaspice)

 


NAZLY KASIM

CREATIVE STRATEGIST

Nazly Kasim is a Manhattan transplant, born and raised in Malaysia, who dived into the creative industry hoping to design mean gadgets, produce a chart-hitting band, make a movie, and perhaps create a new subculture. In addition to building more than a decade of experience as a Creative Director in advertising, Nazly’s photography of New York City and his travels has gained him recognition as one of “the best urban Instagrammers in the US” by The Guardian. (IG: @cainite_)


JANEIVY HILARIO 

SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST

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 by partnering with “gramforacause" to provide services to non-profits and charitable causes. (IG: @neivy)


AUNDRE LARROW

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Aundre Larrow is a Brooklyn-based artist who looks at portraits as a window into the soul. He fell in love with photography in high school, shooting portraits of his friends on his Canon Av-1 in between drama club and ultimate frisbee. Since moving to New York City, Aundre has worked with brands to tell their specific narrative through human interest stories, and has fallen in love with shooting weddings as well as watching the sunset from his Park Slope roof. (ID: @aundre


JOIN THE TEAM

We at Pursuit of Portraits are a humble beginnings, passion-project with a team of individuals who give their time for no monetary gain. We recognize the need in the community to take on projects outside our day jobs, but at the same time are sensitive and appreciative of each others' talents, time and expertise. We are looking for more people who share these beliefs, and if this sounds like something you might be interested in, please check out some of the "Areas of Interest" in the drop-down menu below to see where we could use some help. Industry professional, marketing maven, designer, social influencer, advisor, strategist or simply an intern with an acumen to contribute as a collective: We would love to hear from you! We are currently actively seeking a videographer, storyteller, content editor, event planner and media/partnerships coordinator.

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Header Images by @saunakspace of @rollinstone, @charlottesmckee @Adritwn & @_ctnrl

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Contact


Calling all portrait-lovers, we want to connect with you.

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Contact


Calling all portrait-lovers, we want to connect with you.

JOIN OUR TEAM

If you’re interested in being part of our team, check out the "Areas of Interest" where we are looking for help by clicking here.  
 

PARTNER WITH US

To discuss collaborations, sponsorships or partnerships, please contact us at hello@pursuitofportraits.com
 

Spring Issue 002

We will open submissions for the PoP Mag Issue 002 soon. Email us with any questions in the interim.

HOST AN INSTAMEET

Host a Pursuit of Portraits Instameet in your city or hometown! Send us an email for more info.

HELLO

Inquiries, questions or comments, email hello@pursuitofportraits.com or use the form below.  


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Header Images via @pursuitofportraits. Visit www.instagram.com/pursuitofportaits for model and image details.