What happens at the end of a portrait session?
Last week I shared my 5 minute tips for happy portraits using images from real sessions. If you’re curious about what light I look for, how I style sessions and the type of locations I use. Jump over to part 1.
See part 1 here – what I look for during my portrait sessions in Ryde
Portrait sessions run from one to two hours, depending on what my non-models want to create, I prefer to have as much time as possible to avoid rushing through the session. A relaxed and friendly pace creates the best expressions. Sitting portraits comes first – resting on benches, sitting on low walls, reclining against a lamp post, as these props make people feel comfortable.
The first few frames of a session is full of doubt and even the most confident person needs a helping hand to find their groove. Images are shared regularly to provide feedback, asking:
- Which is your best side
- How to feel about this pose
- Do you want laughing or serious shots
Look at these examples & read why feedback was integral to gaining trust:
Like diamonds, everyone is different and I move mountains to tailor my approach to suit individual personalities. Some people want happy photos to share on Facebook, whilst others ask for images as presents for their boyfriend who lives on the mainland.
Not everyone I work with is super confident when having their photograph taken; working with a professional photographer is a luxury most people can’t afford. Photographing people for the first time, I need to show them how to express emotions and carefree moments to look good.
To help avoid static poses with rigid smiles, I start by asking if there’s anything they particularly want to avoid, such as a busy location with lots of tourists. Or perhaps they’re self-conscious about the way their hair looks from the side.
When the shoot is over – image deleting starts. It’s a hidden secret I like to share – crafting the perfect smile starts with practice. I take the same photo 5 times until my non-models get into the grove – the first 4 attempts get deleted leaving the perfect moment captured as if spontaneously.
Image selection whittles down to the *best images*. Gurning, blinks and awkward moments are vanquished forever. I work with each picture enhancing colour, contrast and composition. I may spend up to one hour on each picture, preferring to craft my images to perfection.
A sneak peek is posted on the day of the shoot and the proofing gallery arrives a few days later. It’s my mission to share polished images that exude quality and show a deep connection with the moment.
Some people know immediately which images they’d like, whilst others take their time asking friends and family. My advice – trust your gut instinct. It’s the tender moments that last longer, when happy smiles are created.
The happiness when people share their images is just breath-taking.
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.
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