The problem with portrait photography is a portrait that either looks uncomfortable, stiff, nervous, or is simply discomfited with their awkward smiles displayed prominently in the photo.
A photographer should crack the open-mindedness of their subject so that they can light up and communicate with you. They would also be more normal, and so easy to work with. It would lead to portraits that are not only beautiful but lively with the true essence of the subject captured in the image. And how does one crack the code to make their subject work their way up to becoming the most natural selves and then you also start taking their portrait shots in the most simple and natural way? Here are four tips:
Tip #1: Work on hands on the subject. Okay, not that you are going to take different shots from their sides. Give something they could hang on to, instead. Hold the hands busy so they have cognitive stimulation, so they can alleviate any camera discomfort they experience. That will make for a good shot because it will appear the most natural when the portrait shows the entire image with the subject’s hands busy doing something.
Tip #2: Ever wear a chair. A chair can be the most useful device you can have when taking their portraits. Having the subject sit and find them more comfortable and natural than when they’re standing is always a proven trick. There’s something of a relaxed aspect in the breeze where you can take advantage of, and take pictures of, the various perspectives.
Tip #3: Learn the art of distracting others. Sounds a little confused, right? But here’s the idea: divert the subject by making them talk about anything they’re interested in, maybe their favorite pets, families, hobbies, and just about everything you know can make them soft and responsive. Make good laughs out of these distractions.
This is called shifting techniques which loosen up the subject easily and create the mood you want when you want to start shooting up. Not only will you have a lighter, more casual tandem of work, but you can also use it to have shots with a general sense of fun and light aura, making it more natural and sweeter.
Tip #4: Remember to always bring respect for everyone with whom you work. It is also important to pass on appreciation to others, no matter how old your clients are. If you’re doing personal portrait photography works with your own family, the kids or your partner, or with clients who hired you, the environment will be straightforward and good-natured photo sessions will come with appreciation.
For example, if the subject exudes discomfort during the shoot, it is best to bring them to a location where privacy can be guaranteed. Don’t just drop and move when you have something on your mind, too. Be straightforward and tell your ideas, and talk to them to make sure they’re open to what you’re trying to impose on the shoot.
All four of the above tips are important in portrait photography if you want to make your subject or customers more relaxed in front of your camera and deliver results that have the most natural impact on them. Then make sure to put these tips into a more effective and successful photographer within you. Read more about individual headshot choices and book an appointment call us at 203-255-4002 or visit us at Capitol Photo Interactive.