Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography Examples

So, to paraphrase Wikipedia’s definition of a portrait:

Chiefly, a portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person. Markedly, the face and its expression is predominant. Basically, the intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. Thus, for this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot. With this in mind, it is a composed image of a person in a still position. So, a portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, so as to successfully engage the subject with the viewer.

Dictionary.com defines “portraiture” as: the art or an instance of making portraits.

 

Good Portrait Photo Needs

So, this requires a good photographer, whether for a family portrait, senior portraits, engagement photos, maternity photos, etc. All in all, there are three essential components to this. First of all, is a skilled photographer. Hence, one that has a clear technical and creative understanding of the craft. This could be for a family portrait, senior portraits, etc.

Furthermore, or second, is a very good high-end camera and lighting equipment for studio portraits. By and large, this is to ensure your photos don’t look like smartphone selfies. It’s essential the photographer also has proven skills to use the gear.

Finally, this brings us to the third point. In brief, the photographer must have a fundamental understanding of natural and artificial lighting and how to manipulate it. In short, this includes how to use technical lighting such as flash and studio strobes.

 

Portrait Photographer Results

Thus, in almost all cases if one of these three elements are missing, you can expect two-thirds or worse results. what a professional photographer can do when possessing all three is undoubtedly magical. So, be sure of your photographer. With this in mind, you can be sure to receive a beautiful portrait photos.

So, the above photography from The Light Committee showcases real-world examples. In addition, please browse other photo libraries for more examples.

 

Location

These portrait services are provided for families, couples or individuals throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Also, we can do classic or modern studio photo sessions. In addition, we can do or on-location portraits if you have a special place for your photos.

While studio portraits often provide the highest quality results, location portraits are also great. Accordingly, we can do either or both.

 

Studio Portraits

A commercial studio is ideal particularly because it allows the photographer a lot of control. For one thing, the power of a studio strobes can be changed as needed, unlike the sun. In addition, backgrounds can be kept simpler so the focus can stay on the person. Furthermore, unappealing weather conditions can be avoided. Hence, no sweaty brow from heat or red noses from a cold snap.

Studio portraits are almost always recommended for such reasons although, location portraits do have their own appeal. You can also opt for both.

 

The Location Portrait

Sometimes a place just has special meaning or memory, such as where a couple met. In addition, for senior portraits it could remembering a graduate for how much they loved a sport. So, doing a shoot on that field might be good. And so on.

Unquestionably, location portraits are also great in their own way. For a photographer, it allows for different creative opportunities such as using the setting to create a story. In the end, it’s important to realize who you want to view that portrait down the road. Will it be because you want to recall every detail of that person or is it instead to remember that person in the light of a place or thing they loved to do.

 

Things to Consider

A good portrait photographer will have access to a good commercial studio. On one hand, they can rent one. On the other hand, they could operate a commercial studio. Undoubtedly, having their own studio is optimal for a variety of reasons.

First, they are familiar with it and how to use all the gear they may have there. Second, they are able to acquire and build-out the studio to conduct shoots how they want. Hence, a third-party studio can limit a photographer in what they can or might want to do. It’s not that renting a studio is bad. Compared to using some other space as a would-be studio, it’s definitely a good option.

You’ll also want to know your photographer is capable of producing great photos and a portfolio should be ready to illustrate it. In addition, great planning is always beneficial. Thus, you should discuss your ideas for a portrait with your photographer.

 

The Shoot

For the day of the shoot, you should settle ahead of time on studio, location or both as sites to use. Even more so, be sure to settle on the idea. Do you want studio portraits because to emphasize the details of a person? Or, do you want a location portrait because you want to emphasize the life of a person? Or, is it both?

Then, be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before to be refreshed because it will help you look vibrant. Undeniably Photoshop can help you look better but, it’s always better to look better first in front of the camera. In fact, you may even want to consider a make-up artist. Talk to your photographer about all these options.

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