If you’ve ever been to a professional photo shoot, you’ve no doubt heard someone talking about the importance of having a “creative portrait.” This is often described as a photograph that is not “triggered” by any kind of outside factors. The term itself carries the implication that the photographer has little or no control over the image and therefore, does not have a say in the final outcome. This is far from the truth; it simply means that the photographer takes advantage of the way that their camera allows them to be very creative. In this article, we’ll look at some tips and tricks for creative portrait photography.
Having a creative portrait requires two things: creativity and patience. The first thing that you need to remember is that you should never make an image unless you believe in it 100%. There’s nothing worse than spending hours in the studio, only to realize that your idea just doesn’t work. That’s why I recommend that you do your creative image collection on paper first. This will help you to identify your favorite images and to build a more coherent and cohesive collection of images. If you can get through this process with flying colors, then you’re on your way to having a more productive and fun shoot. This also helps you avoid wasting time on ideas that will never see the light of day.
The second step to creative portrait photography is to put yourself in the place of the subject. How would you feel if you were to capture that beautiful, sweet smile? Would you rather be laughing or frustrated? By mentally preparing yourself, you are more likely to capture images that make you happy, and less likely to be frustrated. Once you’ve decided what kind of mood you want to create, you need to use your photographic skill to draw out those emotions. This may mean taking your time, but it is well worth it in the end!