Bembridge – Ryde portrait photographer
As you prepare for your photoshoot in Bembridge, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
We emailed a number of times prior to our portrait session as she was anxious to work with me and produce photographs for a print magazine, so I thought I’d share what really happens during a portrait session to put your mind at ease.
“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 an 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 recommend 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”. Everyday activities allow 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.
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.
Even though you can spend an evening looking at the photographer’s portfolio, it’s hard to imagine that you are going to be photographed by the quarry yard. Once she saw the results, she was stunned and gave me creative license work to produce the images below.
Wear matching accessories
Ask your photographer to help you match your outfits to your location. Matching jewelry, accessories, or props. Bring a small bag, packed full of wardrobe items that make you feel confident and comfortable. If you’re a gal, wear 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.
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.
- Learn about my supportive approach to headshots
- See more of my work as a portrait photographer in Isle of Wight
- Check what I enjoy producing in my home studio, Ryde
- View a typical beach session by Ryde pier
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Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight