Portraiture

Portraiture

Portraiture is my overiding passion.  That is why virtually  all my photography features people.  There are 43 muscles in the human face able to convey happiness, sadness, fear, surprise, anger, confidence, contentment.   However, these simple words cannot convey how emotions melt together allowing an image to be recorded that makes you smile or cry.   I like people and being around people so capturing them relaxed either in a posed portrait or doing something they love is for me what photography is all about.  When I am teaching photography students have mastered the camera controls and are in ready to understand how to either melt into the background while doing street photography or work with a subject doing a 1:1 portraiture set.   Photographers need to understand their camera equipment and lighting so well that they can engage with their subject and not complicate a conversation talking about technical issues.  If I am with someone new then my aim is to help them relax into what ever environment we are in.  This could be a studio setting or on location.  The shoot may involve lighting or nothing more than a camera and the ambient light that is available.   If its a studio space then I want to give people a little time to relax into this strange environment.  My conversation will be about anything other than portraiture.  Its very often the case that the first few images captured look technically perfect. However, there is usually a point in a shoot when your subject just relaxes and the images begin to flow.   Something important is a smile.   Although I do not want all of my images to record a subject smiling the fact is that if I am smiling they will feel more comfortable more quickly.   Fact that I am relaxed with people I have just met makes this engagement far easier.  This fact is well documented in the feedback I receive from couples, guests and other people I meet when my wife and I cover wedding photography.  check the following link to read samples of positive feedback.

So my portraiture can be within a studio, on location.  On location can be for various client types including the NHS and various local business’s.    This can also include street photography and doing creative shoots that are intended to be artistic rather than for profit.  Although I am not sharing sample images within my website I also provide a Portraiture service for schools.  School heads teachers often tell me that the previous photographer worked quickly and was not particularly interested in making sure that a child’s image was flattering.  My aim, although a little more time consuming is to take enough images to ensure that the parents have something that has captured their child’s face recording a lovely record of a special time in their development.  Another important aspect of Portaiture is processing images within photoshop.  There is a little confusion conserning what this means and for a lot of people the idea of photographic manipulation means making big changes to everything about a subjects face.   This is not the case when I take photographs with my camera set in “camera raw” this means that the camera records data only.  I then do what the camera would have done set in JPG mode but with la lot more sophistication.  here is a link to a course within my teaching page to help new photographers to use either photoshop or light room.

Why not get in touch with me to discuss a Portraiture session.

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