You can approach portrait photography using a lot of different techniques, but regardless of the technique used, the most stunning portraits evoke deep emotion that often stem from the elements of a subject’s face. As with any other style of photography, honing your craft takes time and practice.
Today I have five tips that will be very helpful for anyone looking to better their portrait photography. I am in no way an expert, but I can promise you these tips will help you improve the quality of your portraits. With that being said, lets get started.
1) Build a Relationship.
Before beginning a photo shoot, especially if it's with someone I'm meeting for the first time, I always try to get to know them a little bit before putting a lens in their face. As the photographer, you need to be confident and make the model feel confident by creating a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Being professional is very important, but don't be afraid to start a casual conversation. People love to talk about themselves. Most of the people you will shoot with aren't full-time models and have other hobbies and interests. Something else to keep in mind is physical comfort. I always bring an extra water bottle and healthy snacks with me to shoots. Whether the model accepts the food or not, they'll greatly appreciate the kind gesture.