Portrait Photography…. capturing real people & their personality
I do not own a studio with a whole collection of flashes & silver umbrellas. I’m not a ‘studio posed portrait’ kinda guy, preferring environmental style portraits. Real people in real time doing things they enjoy.
I am inspired by watching people in daily life, all no doubt with a story to tell. A photo can sometimes capture that story in a split second, if we just take the time to look. Sit quietly somewhere with a coffee, look around & see people going about their day. Asking somebody… “Can I take your photo?’ makes them stop doing the very thing that attracted me to take their photo in the first place!
I believe a portrait doesn’t always have to be in the traditional style…
Quite often find myself wondering how a person came to be where they are in that moment I pressed the shutter. Sometimes it’s obvious…. hours of training in soldier’s boots, perfectly in time at Changing of The Guard. Years of practice behind the effortless grace of the guitarist’s fingers on the frets. A skilled man with ‘tools of the trade’ in hand. Other times the story is not so clear to see, hardship that brought a busker to a Las Vegas sidewalk. Capturing just a small part of that person can still show their whole personality!
Lets just go for a walk & we’ll take some photos…
I try to apply the same relaxed natural feel to my commissioned portrait photography. Many people feel very awkward having their photo taken…me too! Turn this way & that, chin up – chin down, look here – look there. We will take your photos at home or in your garden where you feel relaxed. Go for a walk to a favourite park or woodland. Then just enjoy the time there & try to forget there’s a photographer with a camera… because that’s when we capture ‘the real you’.
Formal Portrait & Head Shots…
A more formal or corporate ‘head shot’ portrait, can still about capturing the person & personality. A relaxed special photograph of the whole family created in your home or a favourite place. Collection of photos to go into an actor’s portfolio for auditions. Commercial portraiture such as staff headshots or the managing director sat at his desk to go onto the company website. All different styles of portrait but still able to capture personality.
If you like my style & taken the trouble to read this far. If you would like to chat about any portrait photography ideas, please just