Strike A Pose

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.

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