K got in contact after seeing my casting call on Twitter for an on-location photo shoot aimed at creating expressive, natural portraits in Ryde.
Although we only had 5 days to put together our ideas, I knew that with a little planning and preparation, together, we’d create images to be proud of. After all, we’re both outgoing, love shopping and enjoy a giggle.
Portrait session on the Isle of Wight, Ryde
Planning a natural portrait session is similar to coordinating a holiday and, like any adventure, it’s helpful to know how to get there! You’ll need to know your starting point and the route you’re going to take – do you want traditional portraits, carefree lifestyle sessions, styled sessions with coordinated outfits?
Knowing your starting point helps avoid unnecessary detours through uncharted waters, with the niggling doubt that you’ve taken a wrong turn! What if I only need prints? Could I use a coffee table book? How can I use digital negatives?
How to create natural portraits
using this handy roadmap to success
I want to give you 5 handy essentials to ensure your journey into booking a natural portrait session is as detailed and as useful as possible.
1. What do I want? The first thing to do is decide WHY you want to hire a photographer? Are you celebrating an event, like a birthday or new chapter in your life? Is your family wanting to record a key event or memory?
2. Who shall I work with? Some times it’s easier to overcome the hurdle of booking a professional photographer by taking each stage, step by step. Pick up the phone. Have a conversation. Ask a few questions. Decide whether you like the person on the end of the line. The more you learn about the photographer, the easier it will be make the jump to book your portrait photo shoot in Ryde.
3. Plan on-line? Once you choose a date and location. The planning stage begins. Let the photographer do this for you. Ask them for your welcome pack, on the day guide and what to wear style guide (ask to see my ebooks).
You’re guaranteed success if you plan simply – flattering outfits, comfortable styles and jewel colours such as coral, emerald or sapphire layered with organic base colours.
4. When can I see my photos? Right at the end of the lesson, there’s always one last question. When can I see my photos? Your photographer should be able to highlight a timeline for when the Facebook previews are revealed, when your blog is released and when your print order will be ready for sharing with friends and family. You need to know exactly what you are getting and when your art work will arrive.
5. Do I get digital images? Photography prices and packages can be confusing. Without holding a framed print or placing a canvas on your mantel piece, how do you know what you want? Let’s make it easy. I make a gift of websize images with each and every package. That way, you get to share your lovely memories easily.
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I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next natural portrait session in London is a hoot. I’d love to know which tip you think is the most helpful, your thoughts on the blog and all things photographic! I’ll be posting more ideas next week, see you again. Mandy
For more advice on natural portrait sessions or to book a natural portrait by a London photographer, get in touch and I’ll be happy to help.