I always overcomplicate things.
And when it comes to learning photography, I found it so confusing.
So I’d panic and plan, practise to death and feel frazzled before the portrait session had even started.
To create beautiful portraits you only need to know one thing:
- Draw a quick sketch of what you want to achieve
- Set your camera to aperture you want for creative portraits
- Get to know your model
The simplest plan is always the best (even thought I hardly heed my own advice).
That way, your photographs will resonate with the model and catch the eye of other ‘togs. Why? Because none of your photographs will look exactly the same. Every portrait will be a little more beautiful than the last. It doesn’t need to be complicated or overly crafted. The deceptively simple photographs are always the best.
Don’t allow yourself to be confused when it comes to planning for your portrait session.
Spinning wheels and overthinking will kill creativity.
The best portrait sessions that produce the most beautiful images (whilst making sure everyone has fun) is the one that feels effortless.
For that to happen you need to plan for short and productive sessions. A small number of pictures in each location, 3 – 5 captures, no more than 10 minutes in each corner of the park (or summer house as you can see here).
You can plan all the fancy approaches in the world with studio lights, gels and filters but none of that matters if your model (and her mum) don’t love the photographs.
Nothing else matters.
Complicating sessions with ambitious plans that require you to lug around heavy equipment limits the time you can chat with your model. What are you going to do with 200 almost identical photographs sitting your laptop?
Any of the portraits you see on this website were created by getting to know my models first and foremost.
Before we talk about wardrobe and styling, weather and locations, TFP or session fees, let me remind you that there is a big different between taking a nice photograph and capturing someone’s personality.
No amount of hairspray, contoured makeup or expensive gizmos will create an expressive portrait. Most people need these props to make them feel confident they can take a good picture.
But there is an easier way.
And the answer lies within.
Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight
Amanda Herbert is the premier headshot photographer in Ryde and the Isle of Wight. Known for the genuine expressions she captures in her portraits of camera-shy women and small business owners looking for expressive portraits. Contact her Seaview home studio to book a session.