How I plan a portrait session with real examples
Below are the steps I took to ensure the session was planned to perfection. My goal is to do all the hard work, so you’re left free and easy to enjoy the day. Enjoy the preview of our natural portrait session.
This session with Iris is fabulous and we created a wide variety of shots in a 90-minute time slot.
Iris’ session was planned for over a month and I collaborated via email as she wanted to update her portfolio quickly. I’m proud to say that she now uses her images for her social media profiles and I think that’s because I captured her spontaneity and vibrant nature.
I took care to look beyond the model’s good looks and ensured we made a connection.
“I had the most amazing time working with Amanda !! She’s a true professional and extremely sweet person !!All of the pictures she’s got me are amazing !! Thank you very much Amanda for this wonderful day ! Hope to see you soon again, Iris” Central London, social media package
Let’s get started and see how I plan natural portrait sessions on the Isle of Wight.
How I captured Iris’ personality
1. Check availability Once you’ve screened your photographer by looking through their portfolio, earlier blog posts, and independent review sites don’t hesitate to get in touch (see my reviews on natural portrait sessions). A phone call is often the best way as it you can easily get a sense of their personality.
Iris confirmed she’d like to work with me via email and it was simply a case of booking a date, time, and location to suit us both.
2. Plan using your session guide Once I’ve booked a natural portrait session I send out my welcome pack, session guide, what to wear, and field guide. Each of these e-books is fully illustrated with real sessions and is crammed with tips designed to make your life easier!
- I emailed Iris her welcome pack, bursting with ideas from what to wear, when we’ll meet, what to expect and when do you get to see your photographs.
- Using dropbox I share the ‘what to wear magazine’ and ‘make up for photographs’ so Iris felt confident about what’ll happen on the day.
- There’s also a questionnaire to fill in ahead of time. This helps us break the ice when we first meet (see the professional photography questionnaire here).
3. Brainstorm ideas One of the things I love about working with modern women – the chance to create different looks in just one location! My sessions normally last for 1 or 2 hours with multiple wardrobe changes – I encourage all my clients to bring props, scarves, hats, books, belts, scarves – anything that reflects their personality, life, and loves.
4. Decide what to wear The hardest part of any portrait session is deciding what to wear. I’m always excited to see a snapshot of your chosen outfit – it really helps pair location, style, and creative flair to your session. I want to personalise each experience and make it unique to you.
Other people prefer to browse my Pinterest boards, designed to help, guide, and inspire my clients. I have wardrobe guides, makeup tips, and posing guides – check out my boards here.
Note below I created a personal board for Iris so I could tailor the experience to suit her needs.
5. Tell me what you think My goal is to take the stress out of the portrait experience. First-time nerves often set in, even with Iris here who’d a number of photoshoots under her belt. Iris shared that she felt comfortable with me because I knew how to draw her personality out in front of the camera.
“Amanda, you made me feel CALM and nice (even though I have experience in front of the camera. You know how to talk to people and make them feel confident and fine.” Review of my portrait photoshoot in the Isle of Wight.”
6. On the day Expect to feel r . e . l . a . x . e . d time! I approach each session differently in order to capture genuine expressions in your portraits. I was careful to interact genuinely with Iris, I wanted to get to know her personally so she could feel at ease and comfortable throughout the session.
Don’t be surprised if you’re asked you to share your hopes and fears for the session – that way I’ll guarantee I’ll deliver what you want.
7. Sharing your photos. The most important thing is to see a preview of your photos right away. The excitement of the session is uplifting and we want to share our fabulous images with friends and family urgently. Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr – we all share our life on these social media sites. It’s a great way to keep in touch.
Within 48 hours I’ll post a preview on my Facebook page, add me as a friend so you can tag yourself and show off your fabulous images. Like my fan page here so you’ll be the first to see your sneak peek.
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Amanda Herbert | Isle of Wight
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