The Creative Brief

The San Antonio Express-News newspaper needed an environmental portrait of San Antonio street photographer, Erik Gustafson, for the cover of the Life Style Section.

An environmental portrait is executed in the subject's usual environment, such as in their home or workplace. It typically illuminates the subject's life and their surroundings.

Client:San Antonio Express-News: “The Streetwalker” Enviromental Portrait

The Creative Process

  • Step 1.

    Concept Development

    We wanted to create an environmental portrait of Mr. Gustafson in downtown areas where he regularly takes photos.

  • Step 2.


    We researched Mr. Gustafson's photography work online to understand what kind of street photography he creates. Street photography is photography for art or inquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.

    Step 2.

  • Step 3.

    Production Day

    We photographed Mr. Gustafson across five locations in downtown San Antonio, where he frequents the most and takes most of his pictures.

  • Step 4.

    The Results

    Carlos Javier created a stunning, cover-worthy, environmental portrait of Mr. Gustafson that captured his amazing talent and his ability to capture those everyday moments that we often miss if we are not paying attention.

    Step 4.

    The Results