South Bank – London portrait photographer
As you prepare for your photo shoot in London, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
V. emailed me a number of times prior to our portrait session as she was anxious about meeting me, so I thought I’d share what really happens during a portrait session to put your mind at ease .Jump to PART 1 here
“Hi Amanda, I want to thank you again for the fantastic day I had the other day. I was really nervous because I was expecting a very serious person, but when I met you and we started to talk I felt really good. You are absolutely professional and very very nice person. I felt really comfortable and confident because of you and your sympathy. I hope you like the pictures and you are happy with the work, even with our bad luck at the end of the day. It was a shame to stop. I already love my photo, thanks a lot and I will recomend you everyone!”
Ask your photographer to start with a few standard poses first. These might not be your *favourite* poses, but they work to loosen everyone up.
Ask for direction
Most people prefer loose, fluid lifestyle photography for contemporary portraits. However, a little direction provides a great boost at the start of the session. Modern photographers might sprinkle a few prompts during the session, such as”take a walk” or “sit on the bench” or “go and buy a coffee”. Every day activities allows the photographer to throw on a long lens and just photograph you enjoying sitting in the sun.
Ignore the photographer
Sometimes it’s nice for the photographer to work from afar and observe you interacting with your environment, friends or family. This technique works for people who feel awkward in front of the camera. Moving from one location to the next allows you to forget you’re being photographed and you might even get lost in just having fun. V. here was actually dancing to the South Bank entertainers performing along the banks of the river Thames.
Locations give a sense of place
Most people enjoy their portrait session because it gives you a chance to see how a photographer works and how they look at different locations. For example, V. here was surprised to see how I could produce glamorous images on the terrace of the South Bank (see an out take below).
Even though you can spend an evening looking at photographer’s portfolio’s, it’s hard to imagine that you are going to be photographed by the National Theatre stage door. Once V. saw the results, she was stunned and gave me creative licence work to produce the images below. You can see PART 1 here.
Wear matching accessories
Ask your photographer to help you match your outfits to your location. Matching jewellery, accessories or props. Bring a small bag, packed full of wardrobe items that makes you feel confident and comfortable. If you’re a gal, wear more more make up than usual, the eyes are important. At the start of the session, the photographer will be able to explain which choice will reflect your personality and add to style to the location.
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.
If you have any questions about this process, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME.
Call 0789 862 1187