Refining a portrait pose
This week we’ll take a look at a natural portrait session in London to see how walking creates relaxed expressions. Take a gander at the final image – it was taken in a stair well and is one of my favourite. My secret? By refining the details of a pose, we can make a portrait look far more relaxed. Being able to communicate what you want to your photographer is essential to creating the right look.
Your body is built for walking ~ Gary Yanker <<Click to tweet
Portrait tip #1 – movement creates natural expressions
It’s a good idea to rest a while with your photographer. A short break in front of the camera is all it takes. This will help you create a variety of poses that you can achieve easily, making you feel confident and creative for the rest of the portrait session. You might feel out of your comfort zone posing for the camera. Look in F.’s hand in the portrait below. By giving asking her to gently sway her hands, she was able to play with it and form relaxed expressions.
Portrait tip #2 – find a starting pose, then fall out of it
Sit down as you would when talking to a friend. Let the photographer tweak your arm position. Then relax it by shrugging the shoulders. This exaggerates the casualness of the pose and allows your face to relax. Some people will feel comfortable trying this, while others do not, if the pose feels awkward we move on and try something else.
The image above was our starting point, then I asked F. to follow me with her eyes as I moved around. This allowed the static pose become more relaxed and created a natural portrait in London. The shoot was part of my prints package – see my website for more details.
Portrait tip #3 – have fun and step closer into the camera
When walking is used during a portrait experience, the energy it creates is tangible. Have fun. Roll your shoulders, swing your arms and put a spring in your step. Looking alert like this will create movement and good posture naturally. The last portrait was created when I encouraged F. to walk closer and closer into the camera. A charming gaze ensued.
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I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next natural portrait session in London is a hoot. I’d love to know which tip you think is the most helpful, your thoughts on the blog and all things photographic! I’ll be posting more ideas next week, see you again. Mandy
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