“For this photo session, we wanted to create something unique that properly represented her personality. We gathered some props that helped me tell her story and went over to the forest, which thankfully had phenomenal lighting.
It was the golden hour, around 5:30 in the afternoon here in Illinois, so those golden rays were brilliant. Good lighting always makes everything easier, from posing all the way through to editing.”
Sophia’s Photography Tip:
As a portrait photographer, it’s essential that you create images that are creative and unique for whoever you are photographing. Sometimes this can be really hard to do, especially because Pinterest makes it so hard not to copy other photographer’s ideas. Here are my suggestions for how to take original photographs that portray your subject’s personality.
Everyone is unique, so firstly: ask your subject about the things they enjoy doing. This can give you prop ideas which, when incorporated, can get those great ideas in your head flowing. In addition, adding these familiar items or activities usually makes your subject more comfortable because they are utilizing things they’re familiar with.
Another way to get those ideas flowing is a relatively simple concept: try or learn something new! Are you normally a bright, contrast-y editor? Try a low-key edit. Is your posing usually smiley and happy with little direction? Try a serious pose, carefully constructed from the direction of the eyes to the placement of the toes.
However, keep in mind that while it’s great to try new things, you still need to make sure that if you are doing a paid shoot you get enough solid keepers too. If you are nervous about trying something a little bold with a paid session, offer to do a free session to someone with whom you are comfortable. Turn it into a fun get-together and hangout afterwards. That can really get those creative juices flowing.
Sophia used a Nikon D610 with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens to capture these images.
Sophia McClure is a Sterling, IL photographer.
Click here to read more tips about showing off your Client’s Personality.
Need some creative ideas with your editing? Sophia has the right idea, that every once in a while it’s fun to experiment and try new things – whether it’s with lighting, posing, or even editing.
So next time you sit down to edit, try adjusting the temp and white balance a little different than usual, or adjust the curves and give your images a matte finish, or even try experimenting with some of the great presets and actions out there.
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