In the early beginnings of my career as a portrait photographer I once told a photographer, that I didn’t really like people. He was shocked and - of course - did not employ me…
Why? Because I was too scared. How could I bring someone to look happy, to smile, or to look serious? I just could not communicate with people, neither with adults, nor with children.
In a “photographic school” one is being taught a lot about technical things, like chemicals, lighting, camera types, lenses, optical laws, etc., but nothing about interpersonal relationships, nothing about the actual "life" as a future photographer.
Fortunately, a few years later, I met a photographer who taught me exactly that. Communications and human relations.
At the beginning, for the first few months, I just had to sit in his studio, just watch and listen to the communication between himself and his clients. And one day in the middle of a session he handed me his Hasselblad camera to me, smiled and said: "Now you carry on…."
From that day on I no longer had problems photographing people, never mind which age. I had understood that the relationship between photographer and model is of vital importance to get the results the client expects. I wasnot afraid anymore ~ thank you Peter Pischler.
Key factors in Portraiture Photography
» Body language is an important factor to consider
» Portraits can be taken either sitting or standing
» The model /person should lean slightly forward towards the camera, he/she should feel comfortable, relaxed and happy
» Model shootings can be done outdoors or in a studio
» Make–up and hair should be carefully checked and adjusted if necessary
» Clothing is equally important, consider at least one or two changes of clothing
» Don't forget accessories, jewellery, handbag, shoes etc.
» The choice of lighting is essential - Rembrandt style / butterfly, high key, etc.
» Factors like format, display detail, exposure, depth of field, etc., are all important factors to be considered
» I want to repeat: the relationship between client and photographer is of utmost importance to make the session successful, and it has to begin before the first photo is taken…
Example of Portraiture Photography: