portrait photographyIs it impossible to shoot your clients who have never done portrait photography before like a model?

The answer is yes! As long as you know how to bring out the best angle and light out of your client, it’s very doable. Cause we’re all actually amazing just the way we are, with the right photographer and lighting, that is.

While this might be a motivation for you, you can also motivate your clients who might have problems with self-confidence after you are convinced enough that you can shoot them like a pro.

No one is born ugly… at least most people

Most of the people in the world are never born ugly, or at least, they can look so much better through your camera lens. Some of us have that one angle that we know we look better with. But many never bothered to find theirs. When that happens, it’s up to you to figure it out with your photographer’s eyes.

It’s firstly, of course, experimental. You will have to test shoot several times and compare which one looks better. After you know this, it’s time to play with your creativity!

Use natural light as much as possible

As much as possible, try not to light things up with your flash. If you’re shooting outdoor, make use of the natural light and reflectors. Learning what different colors of reflectors can do to your subject is also important. Most photographers opt for a white or silver reflector to bounce back natural, white color. Silver, however, tend to be shiny and is a stronger reflector, while white will bounce back a more natural and ‘damp’ white.

Learning from the expert

Observing the pictures of pros, like www.alanhutchison.co.uk, who also do portrait photography will help a lot in terms of posing and lighting. There’s no need for you to follow their techniques, but rather, learn something from why they take pictures in a certain way. Utilize what you have to achieve the same quality and try to develop a better way from what you’ve learned.

Learn about modeling

If your client is not able to pose, then maybe you can give them one or two quick tips to help them act or enhance their confidence. To do this, you will want to learn the basic stuff of modeling and motivation. Helping and giving them directions as to how to act can only be achieved when you at least know a thing or two about it.

Pay attention to small details

Various small details from the cracks on the staircase to the embroidery on your clients’ dresses can become the focus of the camera. Instead of constantly trying to get a clear image of your subjects, put them in the background instead and create a nice bokeh.

This is just one among many methods you can use in switching your focus to the things around your subject. There’s nothing wrong with exploring new ways of doing portrait photography like this and in fact, they can be your strongest selling point!

Finally, don’t stop telling your client that they look good and awesome and don’t hesitate when you say that! You want them to be able to smile confidently to the camera despite what they might have felt before and how people look at them.