It felt really good to be photographing fun-filled portraits again in London. While the photographs below are contemporary, the timeless elegance of the park’s stone walls in Victoria Park suggest a frozen moment in time. The subject is looking poised and relaxed, a modern gaze that creates a picture both simple and complex.
10 things you need to know right now
learnt the art of portrait posing on location
The artistic skills needed to create masterpieces in the Portrait Gallery used to to take years to master. This post will reveal how to get great results in a jiffy.
A good photography is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it – Irving Penn <<< click to tweet
#1 – Find clean backgrounds
Keep the focus on your features.
#2 – Stand in the shade
Large, luminous eyes draw people in (not squints).
#3 – Use repeated patterns
Ascending stairs, rows of pillars or a line of benches creates dynamic rhythm (our brain is programmed to seek out patterns).
#4 – Lean on street furniture
Sitting on a bench, leaning on a balustrade or resting on a lamp post will support your body and convey spontaneity.
#5 – Look to the light
Good light flatters your features and adds a luminous quality to your face.
#6 – Use windows
In fact, use any reflective surface that will bathe you in light.
#7 – Find an interesting feature
Create a triangle of interest with your background. Place yourself in the centre The viewer will look at the central elements and then come to rest on your portrait. For example: first they look at the statue and then the doorway. These features will lead the viewer to your profile in a natural way.
#8 – Anti-smile
It’s important your stature reflects the environment. Belly-laughs and giggles are fab in the park. A restful gaze or wistful smile works well when surrounded by the grandeur of the Maritime museum.
#9 – Be involved with your environment
Strolling in the park, feeding ducks or browsing through a flea market. When you are completely involved in your process, the results are relaxed and natural.
#10- Have fun
Life is for the living – enjoy your portrait experience.
Victoria Park is fantastic place to create flattering portraits. The beautiful architecture provides depth and conveys as story – the very essence of a good portrait – character, complexity and expressions – all from a single image.
“Thank you so much for all of the photo’s you have sent over i love every single one of them and so does my friend
your an amazing photographer! will recommend you to all! <3 Thanks for a great experience would love to do it again sometime xxxxxx” Beth & Lucy
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I’ll be posting more ideas next week, see you again. Mandy