A typical portrait session doesn’t always look like this
Reflecting on thirteen years worth of portrait sessions with numerous inspirational women who want to look natural and glowing in their photographs, I’ve learnt how much bravery it really takes to contact a professional photographer in Ryde, facing fears about your body, your wardrobe and even how you feel about yourself.
I’m hoping this post changes the way you think about booking a portrait photographer and peels away your fears, for ever. Most importantly, help you more easily prepare for a photo shoot creating photographs that everyone loves.
There is no perfect portrait session (no matter how much you prepare).
Yet when many of us start to think about updating our headshots, making a personalised card with a family photograph or capturing a special moment in your relationship, like a maternity shoot, we start with an expectation that we need to be perfect.
But perfection doesn’t exist.
Life is full of stress points – our jobs, school, kids, pets and even our loved ones. But what if my portrait sessions don’t require you to be perfect? What if all of us can photograph beautifully, with charm and expression, no matter how imperfect we feel? With portrait sessions in my Ryde home-studio, it turns out that’s not just a nice idea. It’s the truth.
Take Etti’s session in Ryde (and although I don’t normally I use my bathroom as a studio) these photographs show Etti in a confident, flattering and creative outlook. Despite her self-confessed doubts about the session ahead of time, I just know Etti loves her photographs.
Amazing photographer, I can not wait to work with her again.
I too adore these photographs, especially when I sense a new muse in Etti (see her profile here). Our inspiration? To capture her confident outlook – Etti’s always supporting other creatives, her suggestions and guidance help artists realise their ambitions.
Etti makes me want to hug myself in delight. Her suggestions to use old books, speckled eggs and beautiful blossoms create new narratives to our collaboration. Making the portrait session spontaneous and exciting, Etti is the kinda gal that pushes people to be the best that they can.
My favourite photographs were actually taken in my bathroom. Surprising? I knew that the light was beautiful. Proving my point. You don’t have to be perfect to create beautiful photographs. What it really takes to create honest portraits is trust – trust in my clever posing and use of flattering lighting to create fine art imagery that shines with confidence, health, and character.
My aim is simple – to ensure a truly wonderful experience. I customise each photo session, from the beginning of the shoot right until your items are delivered. My goal is to personally look after you every step of the way. That way I know you’ll get a service that is second to none.
For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by an Isle of Wight photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.
Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight