5 minute tips for beautiful Isle of Wight portraits
Read what happens at the end of a portrait session here in part 2
There are important elements to look out for when creating natural portraits. For me, everything starts with the light – the summery glow in an evening, fresh spring mornings, and luminous winter afternoons. Rather than head out at mid-day I wait for one hour before sunset, I shoot exclusively at this time.
See three examples of how to use light to enhance each person’s personality.
Find Unique places in Ryde
Next I aim to find unique places that offer interest colours, texture and contrast. I save favourite locations for years until just the right person comes along. For example, wooded areas suit Boho-styled gals, while urban skate parks will be better for fashionistas.
I’m looking for non-models who’d enjoy working with me in:
- an old fashion, vintage location (think Downton Abbey)
- a derelict setting
- an urban settings (think ASOS)
Once the location is sorted, matching the wardrobe is next on my check list. I prefer styling colours rather than outfits. Look at the photos below to see what I mean. Ruby red, coral, peach create a fresh spring-like beauty.
See how we matched colours to locations in this session.
Isle of Wight Portraits with depth and dimension
A key feature in these images is the creative use of a very narrow depth of field. This makes my non-models stand out from their surroundings and can only be achieved with a steady hand! I use a monopod. The added benefit is that I can swing the camera away from my face to share a joke and natter away.
A warm and friendly greeting
A typical photo shoot for ‘Amanda Herbert Photography‘ starts with a scout around the area looking for quiet corners that inspire confidence. A warm welcome greets my non-models as nerves jingle and make us breathless with excitement. Confident and reassuring, we jump straight in. This is important as I want to remind you that I am just a girl with a camera (and a friendly one at that).
See what others have said after a portrait session with me:
So, there you go, quick tips to help to plan your own session. I hope these give you the jump start you need to arrange your own portraits session with a professional photographer.
For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by an Isle of Wight photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.
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