Professional photographer portrait tips
So, there was this one time when my sister wanted a snapshot of the dog, then mum with me on the side.
As I twisted a smile like the nervous teenager I am was, I jerked my neck taut. Which resulted in an awkward photo booth moment.
Being the camera-shy woman that I am, I threatened ‘don’t put that on Facebook, so I kind of defeated the purpose of the photo – a happy snapshot of all the family together.
I forgot one thing. Mothers see the beauty in us, especially our flaws.
Well, this post is an attempt to turn back time and help you avoid the same mistake.
Portrait tip 1 – take the pressure off yourself Choose a simple outfit and accessorize with a single, eye-catching necklace, scarf, or fauxfur-lined coat.
The best way to look good is to feel confident about your choices. Know you’ve made the right decision and accept yourself.
Portrait tip 2 – fake confidence A confident woman is a beautiful woman. The more you practice, the more you’ll feel it. In no time at all, you’ll believe it yourself.
As you start to project confidence, the world will reflect it back – so get out there, look people in the eye, and smile right back at them.
Portrait tip 3 – smile (no really, let the light shine) Giggle, chortle, tease, joke, and smile ’til it reaches your eyes. The camera loves a relaxed face and the energy it creates.
No amount of makeup can fake the genuine glow of a good time.
Portrait tip 4 – imagine you’re a superhero Stand tall, relax your shoulders turn to look into the camera, and think *laser eyes*.
Project strength, confidence, and assurance – go on – sit up straighter in your chair right now.
See, it helps you radiate natural beauty.
Portrait tip 5 – R.E.L.A.X When you have a good time, the photos will take care of themselves.
Try not to overthink the session, good photographs are created when you’re enjoying yourself.
I want you to be so busy having a good time, you’ll forget all about the camera.
CLICK and that’s when the camera sees the beauty in us – natural portraits radiating *life*, right there.
I hope you find these tips helpful and that your next natural portrait session on the Isle of Wight is a hoot. I’d love to know which tip you think is the most helpful.
Amanda Herbert is the premier headshot photographer in Ryde and the Isle of Wight. Known for the genuine expressions she captures in her portraits of camera-shy women and small business owners looking for expressive portraits. Contact her Seaview home studio to book a session.
My aim is simple – to ensure a truly wonderful experience. I customise each photo session, from the beginning of the shoot right until your items are delivered. My goal is to personally look after you every step of the way. That way I know you’ll get a service that is second to none.
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.