How to prepare for headshots
As spring approaches, most families or couples are looking to find a professional photographer. If you don’t narrow down your choices quickly now, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and disheartened. Your initial idea of having some nice photos of the people you love has become troublesome.
Never fear. Finding the right photographer and feeling prepared for your portrait session is possible. Read on for my best tips – 5 tips for taming first-time nerves.
Portrait tip 1 – don’t say ‘cheese’
The Victorians had to stand in rigid poses, in the 80’s we grinned rigidly for the camera. Why did we think a chorus of ‘cheeese’ would create a natural smile? Fake features and static poses are banished in my photography. We want a smile that reaches the eyes, a twinkle that reveals your true nature. So when you come to book a natural portrait session with me, expect to have some real fun.
Portrait tip 2 – laugh, a lot
Laughter is infectious. It might start with a titter, giggle or chortle. When you laugh, your whole face will break into a smile and your personality is captured honestly. During natural portrait sessions, I work hard to make you laugh whether it’s sharing a joke from a Christmas cracker or jumping in with a silly comment. When you have fun, and I mean really enjoy yourself, you’ll find natural expressions break forth.
Portrait tip 3 – shake it out
Movement creates natural energy and is one of the best ways to generate natural expressions, full of life. During my natural portrait sessions in the Isle of Wight. I only take 5 captures before I share the images with you. Allowing lots of downtime between each location means we never get staid or rigid.
Portrait tip 4 – ask lots of questions
Meeting a photographer for the first time is a little like a blind date. There may be jitters and excitement all rolled into one. I love to hear your stories and natter with you all through the shoot. As we get to know each other better, the emotion in your eyes as you describe a recent holiday translates into beautiful portraits.
Portrait tip 5 – join in the fun
Embrace your natural portrait session with both hands – it might take a little gumption – but joining in the fun is the best way to capture authentic expressions. It might a humming, ‘I’m a barbie girl’ under your breath or twirling like a ballerina. But a little silliness can relieve the tension and banish those nerves.
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.
BOOKING FOR EXPRESSIVE HEADSHOTS
Please contact the Isle of Wight Studio on +44 (0)1983 617383 or Mandy on +44 (0)7719316609 or email [email protected]