Photography locations | Isle of Wight | Your home
Photographers are artists, not when they apply all their skills and knowledge, but when they realise their creative vision and translate them into photos with pure emotion.
The most sought after picture I’m asked to create are ones that elicit a response, “so natural, you’re beautiful”. Evocative images that appear modern, yet timeless – maybe they trigger a memory of the ‘Girl with a pearl Earring’ or connect with the beauty of a Greek goddess.
I want to tug at your heart strings.
When I capture a portrait that’s all in sweetness, tenderness, and sensuality, I’m not thinking about camera settings, but the soft support and gentle guidance I can offer to help a non-model, like Charlotte, shine.
I’m not just a photographer – I’m a friend, a guide, and a supporter.
While my trusty little camera is important, it’s my personal approach that coaches a truly natural portrait.
This week I had a Makeup Artist ask if we could work together to create bridal portraits for her portfolio. So I thought I’d highlight how I put together a shoot. I’m always looking for new people to work with, so get in touch.
Arriving on location, I take a few phone snaps as an ‘aide’ – it helps me map out the lay of the land. I find a couple of beautiful lighting stations, say a large window in this case, but typically it’s a shady area in someone’s garden or garage.
Prepared and eager to start, I set out all my gear on a Cath Kidston plastic table cloth – the renovated house is dusty and bare. Cameras, film, flimsy material to create atmosphere and a few extra props.
This is when I hit Charlotte over the head with a light pull. Working with ‘Amanda Herbert Photography’ means clumsy antics comes with the territory.
Calming down, taking a deep breath, we begin. I let my style and creative vision step in and guide me to truly inspire confidence in Charlotte. The closest I can describe is it’s like learning to dance, “And, one … move your hand to your heart, two … relax the shoulders and three … gaze outside.” A shared moment that flows trance-like to my warm encouragement.
Suddenly I get that feeling and I just know we’ve succeeded, the ‘one’ that everyone’s going to adore. I call it my ‘hero shot’.
The more you tune in with your friend or model or client, the more they will trust you. Recognizing how to make a person laugh, easing their nerves and stepping in to offer support is what drives a beautiful portrait.
Something that works for me as an artist is to explore new projects, if anyone would like to do something with me using window light portraits, get in touch.
Film sessions are complimentary in your own home.
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