Ryde Portrait Photographer – Isle of Wight
Ilona booked her natural portrait session in London after seen her friend’s galleries on FB. It took just five days from first contact to delivery as Ilona’s host family are expecting twins – they could arrive any day now!
Get portraits that capture the essence of your character
here’s how we created something special for Ilona
Getting the one shot of Ilona that ‘says it all’ about her love of England, her close friendships with Inma and Maria (see more of their galleries here) is a fantastic challenge to set yourself when meeting a professional photographer for the first time.
No wonder most people put off booking their portrait session for another day – but not for Ilona.
Here’s how we created a defining shot that conveys her character in an instant.
As soon as I met Ilona, full of smiles and excitement, I suggested with think of this portrait experience as a game – our task was to shoot the cover of a glossy magazine which tells the story of your life, love and laughter. Take a quick look at the shots on this page and you’ll see that they’re all natural, flattering images that immediately convey Ilona’s personality, outlook on life and passion for out door living.
We didn’t need to force poses or create static smiles in these great examples of happy portraits, because we chose the right location. As soon as Ilona booked her date, my first question was ‘where do you live?’. I wanted to find an easy location that was was perfect for her outfits and outlook for life – getting the right location is key to ensure the pictures are powerful enough to do all the work.
Ilona and I chatted away like old friends as we walked to our first corner, tucked away from busy path ways. Once we’d got a feel for each other, we agreed to capture photographs that say something about who Ilona is, rather than awkward images that look staged.
Cheesy smiles are the norm for many family portraits, but we wanted something more. I worked hard to create a series of images that said it all about Ilona’s sweet nature and happy personality. Once we’d found a flattering frame for Ilona, I gently encouraged her to show her confidence in front of the camera to find her iconic smile. I wanted to create a look that hasn’t been done a million times before.
This creative approach with a relaxed style, a picture in a city corner in Newport that delivers a fresh angle are all great ways to ensure a quiet, some what shy clients on their first professional portrait session can take on the excitement of a bespoke session to deliver something special.
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 an Isle of Wight photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.