Lawyer Brings Creative Touch As Photographer

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Alan Barry
Alan Barry

When he photographs lawyers or celebrities, he uses dramatic lighting. He hopes his photos of lawyers help differentiate them from other attorneys. He tries to shoot them in a glamorous way, focusing on their individuality.

"I look at pictures of lawyers on websites and see portable backgrounds," Barry said. "I'm very interested in people's faces and what their faces communicate, and I try to capture a little bit of their personality instead of standing in front of the law books and smiling," Barry said.

He likes the idea of shooting lawyers on their couch, reading a paper, or in a break room, making coffee.

Barry, who practices personal injury, medical malpractice, real estate and business law, still goes to his law office every day, unless he has a shoot.

"I admit it can be challenging at times. I might be in the office until late in the afternoon, and then drive to NYC where I will be shooting until midnight," Barry said. "I feel blessed to be able to pursue my love of the law, and photography. And with my 3-year-old son, and loving wife, I'm motivated to make every day count."

Barry said his biggest claim to fame recently was not getting assaulted when photographing Alec Baldwin.

Barry was asked to photograph him at a charity event by his management company and the charity. While Barry was talking to Baldwin in front of people, Baldwin said: "It's great to meet you. Get my best side."

But when Barry and Baldwin were alone, Baldwin turned to Barry, saying: "You have exactly one minute to get my (expletive) picture."

"He does not like getting his picture taken," Barry said. "They are just human beings, everyone has their own quirks and personalities."

On the other hand, Meryl Streep, who was also at the event, was very gracious, Barry said.

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