Plan your portraits sessions – 4 easy steps
Time-saving ways to organise your portrait session
Creating pictures of people resonates deeply with humans – the advent of the iPhone, Instagram and blurb mini-books are a testament to this. We like pictures of ourselves. Families coming together, teenagers getting ready for a night out, siblings fighting over the last slice of cake.
And that’s the first problem.
Photo sessions are a little bit like a coach trip. Lots of people are brought together for a short space of time, in a specific location. It’s an important day, but not everyone wants to be there. The driver has checked the map, filled the tank with petrol, and is impatient to hit the road. But where are the keys? Making great photos requires coordination, dedication and freedom of spirit.
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#1 Define what portraits you want
Like polishing rear-view mirror for your coach trip. You need to define what types of portraits you want. Start by looking around your home. Do you have a gap on the wall in the kitchen? How about a trio of pictures in the children’s bedroom? Or do you wish your Facebook profile was a little more flattering? Look through a variety of photographer’s portfolios and make notes of what style you like.
#2 Create an itinerary
Once you’ve made your appointment. Warn your friends or family to keep your day clear, so you are free to enjoy the process without worrying about the next appointment. Just like any road trip, portraits sessions always take a little longer than you’d expect. Pack the day before with clean, ironed clothes are well co-coordinated (tips here). This will enable you to capture portraits that look relaxed and have more depth.
#3 Explain the advantages ahead of time
Family photographs show the warmth of everyday life. Be proud of your moment together. Reminding loved ones why you are having the photograph taken will bring the focus back on the nuclear of the family – all the quirky details that no-one else knows (tell your photographer too). Just like a long car journey, “are we nearly there yet” can be dealt with, “let’s spend 10 minutes creating a photograph for grandma, she’ll love to show her friends”.
#4 Take the easy route
Don’t complicate life by trying to do it all at once. Plan your journey to the location the week before using google maps or Transport for London. You wouldn’t set off for your trip without checking out the directions or consulting Tom-Tom. Plan to arrive at least a quarter of an hour early so you can attend to last-minute tweaks, loo stops, or a caffeine fix.
#5 Light and bright
This might be your first opportunity to create a family portrait – the time dedicated to preparing for the session is well spent. You’ve arrived at your destination and are now ready to enjoy the session. Everyone looks great and is excited about the experience. Have fun.
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
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