Want joy-filled portraits without the ‘cheese’?
learn how to feel comfortable whilst staying true to your personalities
The problem with most of us is that we don’t like having our photograph taken. We all have photo albums in the bottom of the cupboard. Boxes bursting with snap shots of our first baby steps, Christmas with grandma, the love of our life at primary school and the momentous occasion of graduating from university. It’s fun to take a walk down memory lane, but posing in front of a professional camera is a whole different experience. One we don’t often feel prepared for. Great-looking portraits are created when we relax in a familiar environment – your home or local park.
We believe in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun together – Walt Disney
Professional photographers love the chance to portray children when they are allowed to play. In fact, it’s this challenge that makes each portrait unique.
#1 Use homes or neighbourhood parks
Homes and parks add an extra dimension to your pictures.
#2 Visit the area ahead of time
People are often more relaxed in familiar environments.
#3 Share experiences
There is a sense of history in a portrait session at home, it’s where the children will grow into successful adults.
#4 Start formal
Classic poses work well at the beginning of session – it provides an easy way to ‘warm up’ in front of the camera.
#5 Change outfits
A new outfit will bring energy into the session, this is the time for more informal portraits.
#6 See yourself in the environment
The location is a big part of your portrait, choose natural surroundings or a favourite room to reflect your personality.
#7 Be proud of your family
Great pictures show a sense of who you are and reflect your personality. Expressive portraits will convey fun, love, togetherness and even tears or silliness.
#8 Get involved
Allow yourself to embrace the session. Being fully involved allows for lively, spontaneous and authentic portraits.
Want to join in? Check out the helpful posts below:
- Learn about my supportive approach to headshots
- See more of my work as a portrait photographer in Isle of Wight
- Check what I enjoy producing in my home studio, Ryde
- View a typical beach session by Ryde pier
- Read about headshot photography pricing and check availability
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, your thoughts on the blog and all things photographic!
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