What comes to mind when you hear (in this case, read) the word, portrait?
If you are like me, then you probably thought, first, of a painting; then of someone’s head; and, likely, of some shoulder action too.
Get ready…because your mind is about to be blown. A portrait is so much more than the Mona Lisa or a passport headshot. Portraits can include a great deal of creativity and can be very fun to take.
The first assignment in my, Ways of Seeing: Story Telling Through Photography, class was to capture portraits of a classmate. We were asked to think creatively and utilize light. We could be close to the person, far away, in-focus, out-of-focus, near a light source, opposite to a light source, etc.
Below, you will find a few of the portraits I took, as well as a few where I was the model. Past the portraits are tips for taking your own!
Tips for taking portraits
Straight from my professor, aka, a professional photographer…
- Be prepared. Go to the location before and test photos.
- Variations in backgrounds are closer than you think.
- Try to take your time.
- It doesn’t have to be sharp – feeling is more important.
- Light can come from different directions
- Take lots of photos. Lots.
- Open yourself up so people might gain confidence in you.
- HAVE FUN!