15+ Long Exposure Portrait Photography Examples

Long exposure photography is a technique that allows the camera to capture a scene for an extended period of time, usually several seconds or more. This allows the photographer to capture the movement of objects in the scene, such as the flow of water, star trails in the night sky, streaks of light in moving traffic, or the passage of clouds. The resulting images are often unique, ethereal and beautiful. or photographers who are willing to experiment, long exposure photography can be a rewarding and fascinating way to explore the world around them.  In this article, we’ll showcase 15+ Long Exposure Portrait Photography Examples from our award winning photographers.

Long Exposure Portrait Photography Examples

See how these photographers use motion blur, otherwise known as “shutter drags” or “long exposures” to capture motion, blur out distracting elements, or create an dreamy feel to their photos.


Photo by Mauricio Urena (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa in La Fortuna, Alajuela Costa Rica

 scott@smjphotography.net Photo by SMJ Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, PA USA

 courtland@courtlandphotography.com Photo by Courtland Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Placerville, CA in Placerville, California USA

 jaycassario@gmail.com Photo by Jay Cassario (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Bishop Farmstead in South Hampton, NJ USA

 Chad@chadwinstead.com Photo by Chad Winstead (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Point Beach Access in Emerald Isle, NC USA

 eighteenpctgrey@gmail.com Photo by Gus Trujillo (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Naples Pier in Naples, Fl United States

 angela@angelanelsonphoto.com Photo by Angie Nelson (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Olowalu Plantation House in Olowalu, Maui, Hawaii USA

 info@reybenasfrephotography.com Photo by Rey Benasfre (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Coronado Beach in San Diego, CA United States

 kevin@holdingcophoto.com Photo by Holding and Co (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, CA USA

 elyssa@kivusandcamera.com Photo by Kivus and Camera (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Mystic Farm and Distillery in Durham, North Carolina United States

 loc@loclefilms.com Photo by Loc Le (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Realm in Tacoma WA USA

 info@jessieanddallin.com Photo by Jessie and Dallin (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Main Street in Logan, UT USA

 kristin@cheatwoodphoto.com Photo by Kristin Cheatwood (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Atlanta Beltline in Atlanta, GA USA

 tismanphoto@gmail.com Photo by Jeff Tisman (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Garrison in Garrison NY USA

 1836photographie@gmail.com Photo by 1836 Photographie (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Geronimo Oaks in Seguin, Texas USA


Photo by Andreas Pollok (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Würzburg in Bayern Germany


Photo by M and G Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Starr Inn At Harome in North Yorkshire United Kingdom

 bernadetakupiec@gmail.com Photo by Bernadeta Kupiec (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Cromlix Hotel in Scotland United Kingdom

As demonstrated with the images above, long exposure photography can be used to capture a variety of different subjects, from landscapes to wedding parties. One of the reasons why long exposure photography is so beautiful is because it allows photographers to capture the world in a way that is not possible with traditional photography. By using a long shutter speed, photographers are able to blur out moving objects, such as cars or people. This blur creates a sense of movement and energy in the image, which can be very visually stunning. In addition, long exposure photography often results in vivid colors and amazing detail. When done correctly, long exposure photographs can be truly captivating.

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