Isle of Wight – Portrait Photographer – Ryde
Alicia asked me a really great question during our session,
“Why do you take photographs of people?”
I was stumped.
- About the photographs
- Or taking portraits
- And nothing to do with snapping catalogue poses
I work with so many different people because I get to talk to new friends, in person and I really love getting to know them.
- Giggling is a really great way of building rapport
- Nailing the perfect shot and overcoming challenges is a buzz
- I love crafting an online version of themselves that reflects joy
My goal for every session is to create a natural portrait that is beautiful. So ahead of the session Alicia browses through the best examples of my work, showcasing what I can do for her.
As well as all the obvious information (location / time / date). Alicia reads my ‘On the day Guide’ which explains the process – what I do, what to wear, how to stand and what happens on the day.
After a pause, I looked down, “even the most confident person needs a little boost sometimes. I know a lot of people ask to work with me because I make them feel good.”
This is a very common story, and is right at the heart of what I do.
And it has nothing to do with taking photographs.
Photography is not about exposure, composition, big flashes and clicks on the camera.
It’s about personalities.
Now-a-days, with our on-line virtual world, people want to reach out and connect with like-minded people.
The best way to create natural portraits is when people know, like and trust what I do.
So I work hard to put people at ease, talk to people face to face, share jokes and ask the right questions.
That’s all well and good for models with perfect figures right?
But in the real world, it’s up to the photographer to make it happen by sharing easy poses that work for everyone, every single time.
Making a connection is essential
Forget about taking a photograph if you don’t feel comfortable. It’ll show in your face.
Without a shadow of a doubt, making a connection guarantees happy portraits.
Here’s what to do:
- Talk about why you want the photographs (I want to put them on Facebook / I have a new job and need a better photo for my business card / I’m writing a blog)
- Create little stories to connect with the session (Let’s stroll to the pond and watch the ducks / Walk along the sea wall and tell me what the seagulls are doing)
- Help the photographer understand if you don’t like the image (I’m not sure about my smile in this one / I like my parting on this side / can you shoot above my waist line)
- Ask the photographer to show you how to stand (literally – where to put your hands, which direction to face, how your legs should look).
- And then laugh, shake yourself loose and gaze confidently to the camera.
If you manage to try just 1 of these, you’ll see a massive difference in your pictures.
- Your smile will light up your face
- Friends will be excited to see your photographs
- You’ll be proud to share your photos on-line
If you’re curious about having a go yourself, but would like some proper guidance on how to arrange this yourself, consider me a resource!
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I produce stylish portraits for the modern women that are neither cliched nor formulaic. The portraits in my portfolio are full of character and detail, captured during relaxed sessions that are ever-practical and fun – so they are easy on the purse strings and appreciated by couples or families too.
For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by a London photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.