Want to figure out how to create natural portraits?
So you want to try to figure out how to create natural portraits for your web presence, but also how to look fresh and relaxed so people connect with your on-line personality.
Read how a professional photographer can draw out happy expressions and create interesting photographs for your dating profile, LinkedIn avatar and Facebook albums.
1. Ask for professional guidance
One of the first pictures I want to show you here is Justyna. She’s a TV presenter, actor and all round fascinating person. In the portrait below my goal was to showcase her beautiful coat. During the session Justyna shares how she found the coat in a vintage shop. A much loved item, a gift from her mother for her wedding day, found by chance in New York.
I wanted to tell this story.
Justyna wasn’t sure where to stand or how to present herself to the camera. Expect your photographer to guide you. Here I suggested:
- Face the breeze to keep the hair off your face
- Place your hands in your pocket to keep the pose natural
- Now tell me again how you found the coat
2. Be open to fresh ideas
Eve’s daily job is to work with women that need protection or empowerment from domestic situations. This natural portrait session was her first and I wanted to capture her strength in a gentle way.
Eve’s gaze draws you in and helps you connect with her personality.
For the first 10 minutes I suggested:
- sitting on steps always looks relaxed
- look at your knees and then glance up
- then I lowered the camera and shared a smile
Be open to fresh ideas and let the photographer show you how to sit, where to look and how to engage with the camera.
3. Forget about trying to get the perfect shot
Mary here was two hours late for her portrait session (and she’d forgotten her make up bag). Life isn’t perfect. Trains are late. It rains, often. Human error slows us down.
Stress and anxiety will show in your photos. So try not to let your nerves get the better of you.
“Had a FANTASTIC quick hour and a bit outdoor shoot with Amanda yesterday despite me being a little late *SORRY MANDY* She was full of great tips on how to create photos which were full of movement and expression.”
Here’s how we turned the situation around:
- we had a quick coffee to catch our breath
- nipped into Boots for a red lipstick
- played word association to generate expressions
Expressive portraits are created when you loose yourself in the moment and start to have fun. SEE THE FULL SESSION HERE
4. Be just a little bit silly
Isabelle here is a Burlesque artist – but she didn’t want the standard pin up poses. As an aspiring business women Isabelle wanted to earn the respect and admiration from her peers.
So we planned a natural portrait session that showcased her elegant looks and savvy business sense. This is how we did it:
- we chose the clothes first
- then matched them to the location
- finally we agreed on the ‘feel’ of the session
On the day – we let it all hang out and had fun! SEE MORE FROM ISABELLE’S SESSION HERE
So much planning, preparing, giggling and sharing had gone on before the session that we just knew we’d get on like a house on fire.
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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 a London photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.