I enjoy natural portrait sessions in Ryde because it gives everyone a chance to see their home town in a new light. It might be the windy corridors of Little London, the leafy walkways of Tennyson Walk, or the imposing columns of Appuldurcombe. Whilst you might be enjoying a walk in the weak, winter’s sun – I’ll be scanning the horizon for great light, interesting backdrops, and quiet little nooks for a spontaneous photo session.
Take the image at the bottom of this post when I was hunting for new locations – the light is fantastic, perfect for an on-location portrait session.
It’s hard to resist fresh, natural portraits in familiar locations.
Here’s how to record them for posterity.
When I first meet my clients, most of them can’t imagine that they are going to be photographed in inauspicious locations. Once they see and love the results, they are willing to give me creative license throughout the portrait session. Take the lovely B. below, she has great style and presence. Once I saw the beautiful cream vintage dress coupled with her floral crown I knew just the location to create personal images for her to share with mum and dad.
#1 – Comfort is key
Many women contact me because my images are natural and feminine. Often it is before or after an important milestone in their life. Some of them want a natural image to give to a loved one, to celebrate an anniversary or as a pick-me-up after a troublesome period in their life. I offer on-location sessions – either at their home using large windows or sunlit, open spaces outdoors. The key is comfort. I want these women to relax and you can’t always do that in a studio full of equipment.
#2- Match your location to your style.
I make each individual portrait session easy by offering guidance and advice right before we meet. I often suggest matching items such as this formal jacket and contrast it with casual boots. Anything that makes you feel comfortable and is true to your personality. I will also give guidance on make-up and hair. I prefer leaving the hair down as it creates great movement and gives you something to fiddle with to hide those nervous fingers. I want my client to look and feel beautiful in every single photograph. So I’ll often ask what you intend to wear on the portrait session so I can pick just the right location to complement your style.
#3- Share what you are comfortable in doing
I’ll often explain my ideas as soon as we arrive. I also share my posing guides to see what you like and (don’t like). Some people are more comfortable when ‘playing to’ the camera, whilst others need more guidance and direction. I tend to do more shots that are spontaneous with full smiles and laughter. These produce beautiful images that focus on the person with wonderful, blurred areas in the background that put the focus on you.
I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next natural portrait session on the Isle of Wight is a hoot. I’d love to know which tip you think is the most helpful.
If you’re the kind of person that enjoys photos that reflect your personality – this enjoyable session might be just the ticket to help you decide what portrait experience you’d enjoy. I hope these articles help your decision and give you the jump-start you need!
- the secret of getting the best from your portrait experience
- get more from your portrait session
- natural portraits on-location
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