Portrait Photography: Tell Better stories
Guess you must have heard the cliché a picture is worth more than a thousand words. Well, without mincing words, I wouldn’t agree less. Yes, pictures are important to capture memorable moments in peoples lives. But sadly, what we have today are bland pictures that fail to capture the very essence of a person’s life. As a photographer with years of incredible experience, I have strived year after year to capture pictures that tell interesting stories about my clients. In this article, I’ll give you some tips that will up your photography game. Hopefully, you’ll get the hang of this and take better pictures that speaks volumes about your clients.
Planning is essential
I know you’re excited and can’t wait to start photographing your clients. But hey not so fast! Telling incredible stories with your clients’ portrait doesn’t just happen outside the blue. Great photographers have discovered that telling stories with portraits involves planning. Yes, and that’s because, what your mind does not know, your eyes cannot see. To this end, it will make a lot of sense to know your clients, what is special about them, amazing moments of their lives and other little details. Trust me; these little details are ingredients that help you tell better stories using your clients’ portrait. So, before you set the stage, get talking with your clients’, but make sure they are comfortable, this is the only way they will be open to sharing their life’s detail with you.
Series are perfect
If you’re new into portrait photography, chances are you’ll be thinking a single shot will help you tell an amazing story about your clients. But far from it. A single shot will not suffice, in fact, a single shot will only tell a half-truth. So, what’s your best bet? I’m glad you asked. A series of the picture is just perfect for the kind of captivating story you’re looking to tell. Each picture in a series helps people visually process each image as a whole. Also, have it at the back of your mind that the first and last image (goal images) in a series are the most important, hence, make sure you take out time to select a strong opening shot.
Costume is everything
Are you looking to tell a startling story with your clients’ portrait? Then you’ll agree that a perfect costume is important and from your conversation with your clients’, you would have been able to figure out who they are, their profession, special moments in their lives and other memorable events. This little details will help you select the perfect costume to tell your story. Yes, you have a good camera, wonderful lightings, and other equipment, but if you don’t get the costume right, your story may not make a lot of sense.
In a nutshell
Every portrait should tell a story about the person or people being photographed. To this end, you must not leave anything to chance. Leverage the tips mentioned in this article, and you’ll tell incredible stories with the portraits of your clients’.