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THE GLOBAL PURSUIT


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THE GLOBAL PURSUIT


THE PURSUIT HAS JUST BEGUN…

Pursuit of Portraits is a global creative collective with a singular mission: Create an accessible global community of portrait-lovers through platforms to share the best of portraiture photography. 

In all our projects, we work to unite portrait photographers and enthusiasts of all skill levels and backgrounds, facilitate collaboration, and foster supportive relationships within this creative community.

Our platforms include small to large scale photography-centered events and quarterly instameets, our Instagram account (@pursuitofportraits), biannual Pursuit of Portraits print magazine, and website.

OUR STORY

Established in 2015 in New York City, Pursuit of Portraits is comprised of a diverse team led by Founder/Creative Director Saunak Shah. What started as an Instagram account to showcase portraiture photography, has grown into a multi-faceted movement that meaningfully connects thousands of creatives around the world.

Since the pursuit began three years ago, we've crossed a quite few milestones off along the way. We published two print magazines featuring creatives from over 40 countries, held 4 portrait exhibitions featuring hundreds of creatives globally. Since 2015, we have hosted over 50 photography meet-ups in North America from New York, Chicago, Seattle, Orlando, Miami, Los Angeles to Toronto. From November 2017 through November 2018, will have spent time in Vietnam, China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, United States, South Africa, Kenya, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Cuba, as part of the Global Pursuit reaching a global network of over 50 million people.

We have formed partnerships several brands over the years; CreativeLive, Tumblr, SkillShare, PhotoShelter, Fujifilm USA, Huawei Mobile, Education Corporation of America, Scotch & Soda, FoodKick, Kimo Sabe Mezcal, AdoramaPix, The Curator Magazine, Lomography, W Hotels, and BBDO NY to name a few. Our Instagram community has grown to 233k followers (50k since The Global Pursuit began) with over 5 million photos shared through #pursuitofportraits.

In 2019, we're excited to continue driving the portraiture photography movement forward by creating new and unique experiences for our growing global creative community.

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Partnerships


Partnerships


In March 2017, 12 POP creatives traveled to Austin for SXSW in partnership with Kimo Sabe Mezcal to amplify their social media campaign around "trusted friend" and built a novel story for the Millennial consumer through the eyes of influencers with the primary goal of creating brand awareness for Kimo Sabe as "The Official Mezcal Sponsor" of SXSW. In addition to the SXSW audience, over 5.4 million social media users vicariously experienced the lifestyle of Kimo Sabe through content that matters from the voices that matter to them…“influencers they trust”.  Below are the metrics and some photos from this partnership.


Pursuit of Portraits was commissioned by Scotch & Soda, a fashion brand from Amsterdam, to shoot the Fall/Winter 2016 collection (#scotchfw16) for New York Fashion Week as part of a social campaign. PoP's team consisted of six photographers (@skinnywashere, @neivy, @aundre, @deejayforte, @5thphvse and @saunakspace), four models (@kaitlynmikayla, @rubysriwall, @stevenonoja and @nikhampshire), make-up artist @theoliviavelasquez and stylist @lejoursdechris. Together we created and shared a visual narrative spread out over 2 weeks. Below are the metrics and some photos from this partnership.


Pursuit of Portraits partners with W Hotels & Tumblr for the launch of PoP Up at the W; a photography takeover curated by Pursuit of Portraits (PoP) in collaboration with W New York, Union Square. Launching at the start of New York Fashion Week on Monday, February 6th, 2017, this is a first of its kind concept with five guest rooms completely transformed into an immersive photo exhibition focused on different genres of portraiture photography. Read More >


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The Team


We would love to hear from you!

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 12 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 recently quit his full-time job as Global Associate Design Director at IBM iX and is on a Global Pursuit to 4 continents over 15+ countries with Pursuit of Portraits.  (IG: @saunakspace


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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)


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)


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)


JANEIVY HILARIO 

SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

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)


DENNIS TEJERO

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines and now based in New York City, Dennis has always been very artsy. Growing up, he excelled in drawing and won scholastic art competitions. However, it was not until May 2016 when Dennis took up photography which he now considers his true passion. When not shooting portraits all over New York and other cities, Dennis works in advertising. His resume includes working at top agencies in NYC for Fortune 50 clients like Citibank, Verizon, and Procter & Gamble.
(IG: @dennistejero)



JOIN THE TEAM

We at Pursuit of Portraits are a team of creatives who are passionate about portraiture photography, and give our time for no monetary gain. 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. Industry professional, marketing maven, designer, social influencer, advisor, strategist or potential intern with an acumen to contribute as a collective: We would love to hear from you! We are currently actively seeking a graphic designer, videographer, publicist, event planner and media/partnerships coordinator.

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Header Images by @saunakspace

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Contact


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

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

The PoP Mag Spring 2016 Issue 002 is here! Order yours > 
 

JOIN THE GLOBAL PURSUIT

Stay tuned and sign-up here for more details on the Global Pursuit and how you can get involved or email us at hello@pursuitofportraits.com to help co-host a meet, partner with us or be part of our journey.

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.