Black & White Portraits By Jessica Hanlon

There’s nothing more beautiful than a black and white portrait. There’s nothing distracting about it, It’s as clear as night and day.

I love creating a portrait that goes from deep blacks to nice crisp whites. I find black and white photos to be quite romantic and can evoke a feelings that color photography cannot give.

Back in 2001 I attended the Academy of Art College (now university) because I received a summer scholarship for photography. There I spent the summer learning from documentary photographer Frank Espada, who was known for his photos from the civil rights era. In his course we only shot on black and white Ilford film and I learned so much from him about processing film in the darkroom, and printing our images.

And although he is not on this earth any more he still lives in my memory as a wonderful teacher who had a witty personality and who taught me as a young girl to see in black and white.

The photos below are from a portrait session with Maria Siray. I just love how these photos came out. Contact me to book a fashion portrait session with me.

Hat by Other Stories, top from H&M, skirt by Other Stories

Styled by Jessica Hanlon and makeup and hair by Kim Ikonen Creatives

Jessica Hanlon Photography, frank espada, maria siray
stockholm portrait photographer Jessica Hanlon
black and white portraits by Jessica Hanlon