Portrait Tips

Portrait Tips: Expand Your Vocabulary

When you make a picture–any kind of picture–you should think, “What word would I use to describe this picture?” From what I’ve seen on the interwebs, lately, the word most

Portrait Tips: Subtle Spice Not Ketchup

When people see your picture, they should say, “Wow, that’s a great photograph,” not, “Wow, that’s a well-lit photograph.” Once you start using flashes, it’s like having a hammer in

Portrait Tips: Include Details

I’ve said many times that the background in a picture is just a backdrop that’s its job is to not ruin the portrait. Well, this time I’m backpedaling a little.

Portrait Tips: Beware Of Parks

If you’re like me, you get calls all the time to make portraits at your client’s favorite park. The trouble is that your client doesn’t think about the park as

Portrait Tips: Make Clean Profiles

A classic pose you can use to add variety to every shoot is a profile. This is done with the person’s face looking 90 degrees to the side of the

Portrait Tips: Soft Light vs Hard Light

I’m always talking about soft light and how great it looks for portraits. But what does it mean? If there’s soft light, is there hard light? Let me show you

Portrait Tips: Everybody LEAN

I’ve written before that everyone who gets in front of my camera will end up looking at my toes and that this is going to help me capture great looking

Portrait Tips: Consider the Background

I’m a big believer that the most important thing in the picture should be the people. Many clients want to know where we’ll shoot, where is a great background. I’m

Portrait Tips: Done Is Better Than Good

There’s a saying, “Anything worth doing is worth doing right.” While it’s usually true that if you’re going to take the time to do something, you should do your best