Lawyer Brings Creative Touch As Photographer

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Alan Barry
Alan Barry

Lawyers tend to have an image of themselves as conservative.

But Danbury personal injury lawyer Alan Barry, who moonlights as a photographer, knows there is a person inside every suit. "A person who is unique and is so much more than just a lawyer," he said.

Barry began shooting celebrities as a hobby several years ago. More recently, he started snapping photos of lawyers.

"It is unique for me as a lawyer, photographing other lawyers, especially when a big part of my work involves shooting models, celebrity events, and high end venues," Barry said. "Law firm photography is a market I am looking to expand in."

Barry said he tries hard to take dramatic photos that show the personality of the lawyer.

"I guess I'm interested in trying to get the person to come out, and portray them as a person, as opposed to a lawyer. This is a challenge, because lawyers … want to project a 'lawyerly' image. That's fine," he said. "But if the public thinks all lawyers are essentially the same, wouldn't lawyers who wanted to differentiate themselves look to be portrayed in a more humanistic manner?"

He takes some professional pride in having developed his own artistic style. "I think it can be gleaned from viewing my work. That's also what I want to bring," he said. "Hey, not everyone is going to want or like that, and I'm fine with that. But for those who get this, it will be great."

He decided to branch out into law firm photography recently when attorney Jim Nugent in Milford called, saying his firm, Harlow Adams & Friedman, needed photos for their website.

Barry also took photos of the lawyers at his own firm, Alan Barry & Associates.

After the Milford photo shoot, he said "it struck me that many other lawyers could benefit from having great photos, and that maybe I would pursue marketing to that niche."

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