Throughout my ten plus years photographing women and chatting with with them about why they were nervous ahead of the session, it became apparent that many women were aspiring to look a certain way.
Avoiding words like beautiful, pretty and attractive, what my clients really wanted was confidence and positivity to shine from their portraits. A specific look that came as a result of choosing the right photographer.
The confidence I’m refering to is a far cry from the very ‘bold-in-your-face’ look that of people default to when they are masking their true fears. I found that when I took the time to properly listen to my client’s goals, and I advise them in a way that helps them feel confident in their wardrobe choices, their true personalities shone forth.
This is my mission – I want to help as many women as possible achieve their ideal headshot, model portfolio or social media photographs so that other people feel their happiness and approachability.
Hence, with the help of Kriszta here, I wanted to explore my newly painted spare room (it’s actually tiny) as a possible studio room for beautiful portraits.
Within 48 hours of responding to my model call, Kirszta was admiring my paint work and commenting on the gorgeous, buttery light glowing in the bright, white room.
Every session is a little different, but I create a supportive atmosphere and I’ve heard many models and aspiring teenagers say lots of nice things about my easy-going nature (because that’s the true secret to how I get results). Ahead of the session I share my ebooks that explain what is required to get ready for a photo shoot and what is NOT required, short cuts that you can use to feel camera ready and things to avoid.
With these photographs, I’m hoping to pass on a little bit of inspiration and clear some confusion about what you need to do to create confident portraits. Forget the big cameras, fancy studios and expensive outfits, spend time talking about your specific goals with a photographer you trust.
Kriszta was the perfect model (she’s also a talented photographer in her own right). We created these together in a tiny room, clothes sourced from a charity shop and mostly natural light. The studio lit photos were taken with the first softbox I ever bought (cheap and small) and a panicky photographer (I was nervous about calculating the exposure in a new setting).
So why is having your photograph so important?
Because I firmly believe that portraits reflect your inner beauty, as seen by your friends and family. With the experience of creating portraits my clients love for ten plus years, it’s not until you’ve experienced a professional session that you realise how fun the experience can be.
Natural looking photographs includes a range of things from the clothes you choose, the location, the weather and so much more! I want to help educate aspiring models, business women and actors, helping them understand that forced smiles and static poses are not necssarity the best way to go – or rather, a well chosen corner in a quiet park with a supportive photographer can be more empowering that you could imagine.
My work is entirely about making women feel comfortable about themselves.
To help you move forward I’m sharing these helpful posts:
- 5-minute tips for beautiful Isle of Wight portraits
- Telling the Ryde photographer why you hate the pictures
- The importance of posture
Learning to like yourself and commit to making changes is tough, so I’m challenging you to be kind to yourself.
Get in touch with the one thing I can help you with.