Welcome to my new photo buddies on the Isle of Wight, the place where photographers are friendly and families can find useful information and inspiration for creating beautiful portraits of their loved ones. Jump on down to see a rare appearance of yours truly getting ready for my turn in front of the camera!
Master natural light portraits
here’s how to get started …
One of the great things about shooting outdoors is the beautiful locations – Rylstone Gardens, Priory Bay and Tennyson Down. Natural light photographers pride themselves in being able to shoot almost any where. The freedom of working outdoors creates spontaneous portraits that generate natural smiles. The thrill of recognition when mum says, “you’ve caught his smile”.
A day without sunshine is like, you know, night ~ Steve Martin
Portrait check list:
#1 Uncluttered backgrounds
Striking portraits are created with clean backgrounds – simple framing brings attention to your features.
#2 Centre yourself 2 meters in front of trees or walls
Standing 2 or 3 meters in front of your backdrop will allow you to become the centre of attention and the wall recedes into an attractive background. <<< Tweet this idea
#3 Stand in the shade
Clouds, high walls or balconies are perfect for creating luminous light that flatters skin (direct sunlight is too harsh).
#4 Incorporate street furniture, garden features and unique architecture
Sit together on stair wells, lean against lamp posts or drape yourself over tree stumps. These are natural gestures that will create expressive portraits.
#5 Go for a walk
Stroll around the area, take a gander at the garden ornaments or play with your dog. Interacting with your environment generates authentic movement and gestures that are key to successful portraits.
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I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next natural portrait session on the Isle of Wight is a hoot. I’d love to know which tip you think is the most helpful.
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.