Preparing for Portrait Photography
Portrait photography, like any other branch of professional photography, should be carefully planned.
When we’re working for a magazine or advertising agency we need a pre-shooting briefing with our client, model or models. We use this meeting in order to gather details on what our client has in mind.
Portraits can be roughly divided into three main sections – facial shots, upper body shots and also full body shots. We discuss these points along with clothing, accessories, lighting and background before the shoot.
Family photography is usually more for fun and therefore centers around capturing lasting memories. Even then any preparation before the shoot will produce better results.
Inside or Outside?
Another critical decision has to be taken on where the portraits will be shot. Sometimes we shoot within a home environment in order to describe the ambience one lives in?
Outdoor shots in natural surroundings can likewise show a love for nature.
In a studio we can further control the atmosphere.
It therefore goes without saying that choosing your location is very important. Natural light confers a mellow feeling while studio lighting is generally more sharp and dramatic.