Where to look for natural portraits
Tip 1 – Tilt your head to create a natural pose
The reason a person’s frank stare is unnerving? A direct gaze isn’t natural. Drop your ear to slightly to the left or right to create a genuine gaze.
Tip 2 – Look down, then raise your eyes to the camera
The next time you are meeting your friend in a coffee shop. Look around the room. People will be flicking their hair, checking their phones, fiddling with the cup or checking out the sports pages. We are constantly on the go and rarely have the pleasure of sitting still. A natural gaze will be one when there is a pause in an everyday activity.
Tip 3 – Use stories
I often tell stories during the photo session on the Isle of Wight to help create relaxed, natural gazes like the ones above …… “Reach down to pick up your phone, then glance up. Pause. That is the natural moment we want to create.”
Here are 3 conversational points I use to create honest expressions:
#1 Look to the sky, can you see the seagull?
#2 Watch the jogger, what colour are they wearing?
#3 Follow the line of the wall, what is at the end?
Why they work
The questions create a distraction. They are are also spontaneous. Once a question is asked, you can’t help but think of an answers. It is that fleeting moment I anticipate and capture for you.
If you are worried about posing in front of a camera, these solutions will work for you. Contact me to ask about your session.