Shooting Creative Portraits
I know that there’s lots of pressure to do something NEW when it comes to portrait photography. My own opinion is that it’s more important to do something YOU than NEW but – since I know it’s a concern, I have a few idea starters to share with you today. I hope these spark some possibly creative portrait sessions for you. Give them a try.
1. Make the portrait in a location that is very familiar to the subject, such as their home or place of work. People tend to freeze up in the photo studio. At home or work, they tend to be more natural. This may be the only edge you need to get a great shot.
2. Think like a Hasselblad shooter. In the old days, I made my first serious portraits using a Hassleblad 501C. This camera offers you a square crop. While very foreign to most people just getting into photography today, I know it influenced how I saw things. Try a square crop just for giggles. Who knows – it may spark other ideas.
3. Consider props and costumes. If you’re working with a well-known musician, perhaps a guitar – somewhere in the frame – will help both you and the subject to get in the mood. Or how about a fun costume? Creativity comes from many places. Be open to outside influences.
4. Shoot tight. I mean really tight. Shoot details like eyes or even eyelashes. A different view is sometimes inspiring.
5. Use textures. I like draping fabric over people and then making portraits of them. This is a variation on the costume idea. Sometimes just putting the person behind some sheer fabric changes everything.
Creativity is an illusive thing. You never know what might spark it. Hopefully one of these ideas will do the trick for you.