How to take control of your portrait session
One of the easiest ways of succeeding in a portrait session is to embody the role of an imaginary film director.
Pretend that you are a directing a Bafter winning movie star – beautiful, talented and charismatic. But somehow she lacks confidence in her own abilities, suffering from stage fright.
So your mission is to be attentive, curious and positive. To exude confidence and banish those stage fright nerves.
Hi, I’m a photographer. Stand here, look left. Drop your shoulders. Smile.
As a film director extraordinaire:
How do you want to look in your photos?
Let’s stand in the shade so your eyes open beautifully. If you want to look slimmer, point your toes towards the bench.
Let’s try dropping the shoulder, it’ll make your neck line elegant.
Why it works
- Listening, I mean really listening puts the focus on your model (not the big black camera in your hands).
- Explaining how and why helps the model understand that you’re working hard to make her look beautiful.
- Confident purposeful direction puts the model at ease.
The director welcomes everyone on set introducing the session,
Walk excitedly into the park, open your arms wide and say I love this area, it always looks beautiful in photographs.
Explain the scene,
Let’s sit on the bench, it’s a great way to start and helps you relax. How do you want to look in your photos?
Describe the story,
Super, let’s do a test shot. The sun is shining through the trees, it’s making your hair shine beautifully.
I like the way you’ve done your hair CLICK
A natural smile at a genuine compliment (see more from this session here).
I put all my energy into helping photographers take better photos. So they feel confident and happy to work with models,because photo shoots are fast, furious and fun.
My mission is to show fellow photographers how to easy it is to:
- place reflectors in just the right spot so they capture the light,
- select the right backdrop to flatter an outfit
- know what to say to models to create expressive portraits
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.
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