Consider when a friend walks into your home and pauses next to your fun-filled family photographs lovingly displayed along the stairs. How did you manage to get everyone looking so relaxed they ask? I remember once visiting a friend in Ryde, the pride in her young family was heart-warming. Broad grins, genuine emotions and lots of laughter were the underlying motifs. A far cry from the Victorian tableau.
Family portrait guide by Isle of Wight Photographer
How to ensure great pictures without the fuss
Great portraits have less to do with expensive cameras than it does with the photographer’s approach to your portrait session. How quickly you feel comfortable and trust the photographer will decide how successful the pictures are going to be.
Break the ice with a story
To break the ice at the start of a session you have to take it slowly and get to know your photographer. Meeting new people for the first time always make people feel a little cautious. Ask if your photographer uses questionnaires to make the process easier. Suggest chatting with your photographer the evening before you meet or arrange to catch up in a coffee shop before the photo shoot. My clients feel at ease when we talk about familiar stories or uses local news to make a connection quickly. We might chat about the weather, recently holidays or hobbies.
Use familiar locations
Once things start it gets easier as you and the photographer start interacting with each other. A good photographer will vary the location and swap clothes regularly to create natural breaks in the photo session. Having a friendly manner is important for a professional and being able to make the session fun will help create happy portraits. Arrange your portrait session in location near to home, close to coffee shops and transport links to make things as easy as possible.
It’s important that you feel involved in the session, ask to see your photographs on the camera and share ideas of what you would like – is there a space above your bed where you could hang a print or do you need a gift for grandma? Your photographer will listen to what you want and what you’re going to be happy with, then work hard to make the session a fun experience whilst aiming for what you ultimately want.
Play to the camera
Most women want a portrait that shows a time in their life when they feel great about themselves and are proud of photos that look very natural and unposed. Ask your photographer for a session that lasts 2 or 3 hours. This allows you time to relax, feel at east and play to the camera and gives you the freedom and flexibility to capture spontaneous, natural shots.
End on a high note
You’ve chosen a beautiful location, worn clothes that reflect your personalities and embraced the opportunity to spend time just enjoying the moment. When the session ends on a high note, you feel exhilarated and eager to see all your lovely images. Some of the best shots occur right at the very end when everyone is their most relaxed. Your photographer will use this opportunity to create a variety of shots to complete the overall coverage.