What do we see when we look in the mirror?

What is a Mirror Portrait?

A “mirror portrait” is a photo of someone looking at themselves through a two-way mirror. The photo is then flipped to reveal their reflection so we can see them as they see themselves.

The face is one of our most important tools for communication. Each face says so much about a person but it’s amazing how our self-perception can differ from those around us.

The series is an opportunity for those who are photographed often to experience a unique method of portraiture and for those who are rarely photographed to experience the sensation of being in front of a camera (although they can’t actually see it!).

The experience of being photographed this way has been described as profound, therapeutic, restorative, stimulating, introspective, personal, challenging, emotional, confrontational, but always interesting and enjoyable. You never know how you’ll feel when you stare into your own eyes.

Face Value Mission

  • Photograph a diverse group of 500 individuals and show their portrait in a truly unique and honest way.
  • Explore our self-perceptions and show how connected we all are as humans.
  • Celebrate our universal and individual beauty through intimate portraits.
  • Create an exhibition and book once all 500 people have been photographed!
  • Recent Press

    • Los Angeles I’m Yours 1


      The popular Los Angeles blog featured the series! Click here to read the full article.

    • Los Angeles I’m Yours 2


      The popular Los Angeles blog featured the series! Click here to read the full article.

    • Profoto Lighting Blog


      The lighting setup I use is by Profoto. They love my project and interviewed me about it. Click here to read the full article.

    • PetaPixel.com Feature


      The photography blog picked up the feature on their website. Click here to read the full article.

    • ALTFoto.com (in Spanish)


      The photography blog picked up the feature on their website. Click here to read the full article.

    Testimonials

    • @LizHernandez

    • @emlrich

    • @qreyes

    • @DavidAGorder

    • @NicoleRossil

    • @MatchIam

    • @DariusHimes

    • @a_Wabisabi_life

    • @jaquirivera

    About the Photographer

    Award-winning photographer, Juan Luis Garcia, has an obsession with faces that has driven him to travel around the world from Australia to Dubai to Cuba portraying the people he encounters. His debut photo exhibition and monograph, CUBA y CUBANS: Photographs by Juan Luis Garcia, has garnered international acclaim and was awarded “Blurb.com’s Book of the Week”. Juan Luis’ photographs have been published world-wide on magazine covers, newspapers, TV campaigns, fashion catalogs, cd covers, fine art photography catalogs, and more.

    He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and neighbors. Click here to view his photography portfolio.