When doing photography there are a lot of factors to consider. Lighting, environment, depth-of-field and the list goes on and on. However the key factor is the subject being photographed.
For this post let’s concentrate on portrait photography. Before even picking up a camera Sharon and I work with the customer to determine what type of photograph they are looking for. After all, the session is about them and not so much about what we want as photographers.
This leads to discussions about things such as location, casual vs. formal, etc. Having these conversations before the shoot help establish a rapport between us and the customer.
One thing that I’ve always hated about portrait photographs is they generally seem so staged and unnatural. So may times when being photographed people are told to “SMILE” or “Say Cheese”. The only thing that this often leads to is look that is not natural for some people. I personally have a difficult time smiling for pictures and when I try to force a smile it’s obvious (at least to me) that it was forced.
So what is our approach to combat the unnatural look? This too goes back to establishing relationships early in the session. Let’s face it there are people out there that are comfortable in front of a camera, but I would venture to say that the number is smaller than you think. So for the rest of us a softer approach is required.
We do our best to put the subject at ease by having light, casual conversation with them. It’s amazing how just learning a little bit about your subject and genuinely engaging in conversation about them can help reduce the tension of a photoshoot.
The end goal
All of the preparation leading up to this point to achieve the ultimate “end goal” an image that the captures the subject “naturally” and that the customer will cherish forever. I can’t state it any clearer than that.
Sure there are many factors that make up a quality image, however those are all for not if you did a poor job of capturing the main subject. That is why Sharon and I pay particular attention to making the subject comfortable. From there we use our knowledge of photography to capture the best quality image.
Photography is a passion for us not a hobby. We love getting behind the camera to share our world as well as helping people document times in their lives. We hope that you’ve enjoyed this article. Feel free to share it with your friends and family, along with checking out our main site DS Visual Art. There you can view some our portrait work or purchase prints from our many galleries.
Thanks for joining us on this journey and we hope to hear from you soon.