Portrait tips – Isle of Wight Photographer
“When can I see my photos?” is the most important question you can ask. Feeling excited, knowing you’ve created excellent portraits and the day has been fun, makes the first time nerves worthwhile.
Arriving early you grab a coffee, hoping to calm the fluttering in the pit of your stomach. Glad you found the time to read the ‘what to wear’ guides. The remnant of a memory returns, flicking through the ‘on the day’ field eBook you saw the perfect picture – one that encapsulates all that you hope for – a natural portrait, with a genuine smile that reaches the eyes.
But creating relaxed, happy portraits involves more than your photographer knowing how to light and compose shots. A true professional knows how to take care of you. They’ll put you at ease, like a proud house owner welcoming you into their home for the first time.
1. Don’t say cheese
The days of grimacing ‘cheese’ are long gone. Straining to look happy and forcing cheeks upwards is never convincing. Your smile needs to shine forth – twinkling eyes, belly laughs and quiet moments. I love them all. Your photographs want to sparkle, so expect to have real with on your session with me.
If you’re asked to tell a joke, what happens? You freeze, mind a blank and a tiny seed of doubt lurking inside. It’s the same when you’re asked to smile and look happy. It just won’t happen. To make your eyes sparkle with a growing smile we’ll make sure you feel engaged in front of the camera. We might chat about the news, what we did last night or share our outlook on life.
What I won’t do is make you feel silly or foolish or forced.
3. Moving, moving
One of the best ways to help you relax and enjoy the day is to keep moving. We’ll stroll around the pond, admire the daffodils in Holland Park and pause on a fallen log. Brushing hair away from your face, popping your hands in your back pockets and crossing your legs are small movements that make your portraits look convincing.
4. Ask questions
An excellent way to build rapport is to ask questions. Talking about family, friends, work and interests help us get along, nattering like old friends. I might pose questions like:
“Tell me, who was your childhood friend” or “What do you like to read during the holidays”.
Reflective smiles and happy gazes happen when we’re contemplative, thoughtful and engaged.
5. Sharing stories
I love to connect with people. Finding out about their life and loves. Once you feel connected with the session and realise it’s not all hard work, you’ll feel at ease and smiles will burst forth naturally.
6. Good old fashioned fun
I’ll never make you something you’re not. Nor make you feel self-conscious or silly. What I’m looking for are open-hearted laughs and I’ll wait, patiently for the the quiet moment that falls afterwards – CLICK – the calm, serene gaze right there.
Want to join in? Check out the helpful posts below:
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.
SIGN UP TO MY NEWSLETTER