Helpful tips about Portrait session.
For more than ten years, photography has been my passion. I’ve shot for other photographers, I’ve run my own company, I’ve immersed myself in the world of photography to hone my style, my tone and my technique. Through a combination of watching tutorials and second shooting for a number of great New York City photographers, I have been able to learn and to grow, I did a course with NYIP and consumed hours of media on YouTube learning from experts like Susan Striplin, Lindsay Adler, Jashim Salam and countless other successful professionals.
But with all of this watching, I have found that the method that worked best for me is getting out there and doing.
Being out there in the field, learning from experience with camera body in hand. That’s how I have found what works and what doesn’t work. My goal, my passion
With that said, I wanted to share my approach to portrait photography and what it is like to work with me.
What is Portrait Photography?
Portrait photography is essentially capturing the essence of the subject. The subject of a portrait can be one person, a couple, or even a group of people. There are different styles of portraiture, and it can be formal, candid or environmental. When discussing portrait photography, we often use different terminology to define the purpose of the session.
Here are some examples:
- Engagement Sessions
- Pre-Wedding Sessions
- Maternity Sessions
- Professional Headshots
While different in style, these photography sessions are all portrait photography.
As a NYC portrait photographer, I have gained experience in all of the above. Growing up here in NYC has taught me the importance of versatility. You have to be willing to change, and you have to adapt to your surroundings, all while staying true to your own identity. I have the privilege of living in a state so diverse that it would be foolish for me to not learn a thing or two from it!
What to Expect when working with me:
Over the past ten years being in the wedding industry has taught me a lot. Understanding, patience, and respect go a long way. Before any of my photography sessions, I ask my clients to have a sit-down meeting in person. Knowing how this city moves at a hundred miles an hour, if that is not possible, I offer a video conference call.
This initial client meeting will reduce the jitters and anxiety at your session. I want to build your trust that I can capture the images you expect. I am all about that comfort and understanding, making sure you trust me to handle my responsibility so that I can be my creative self. Other than getting to know each other we will discuss three important factors: Location, time, and wardrobe.
Determining Location in Portrait Photography
Portrait photography in NYC has its challenges. NYC is such a big tourist attraction that timing is essential when it comes to avoiding foot traffic! The first question I ask my client is, are we going for an iconic shooting location? The most iconic places in New York City require some creativity, flexibility and sometimes even some permits! That’s part of why we talk ahead of time! If you want a Central Park portrait session or a Brooklyn Bridge photo session, we will strategically plan our time to make sure we have the best chance of capturing the portraits you want. If you’re hoping to hit more than one location, make sure to mention that so we can make sure our plan for the day is set.
The Right Time for the Best Portraits
Aside from planning for crowds, we also need to be thoughtful about traffic and about lighting. Good light is the key to photography and I love to work with natural light. There’s nothing more magical than the right light. The best times for beautiful natural light are sunrise and sunset. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to play with light and shadow! Timing is essential to hit the best lighting. Together, we will map out a plan and agree on times. And, of course, we’ll make sure to pad in enough time to account for the inevitable traffic jams or delayed trains.
Wardrobe and Styling
When choosing an outfit for the shoot, if you are shooting as a couple, a family or a group, try to pick something that complements each other. Don’t all wear matching outfits! For the best impact, vary the colors so you don’t blend into each other. For a solo photoshoot, pick something that will contrast the location. If you’re going to be taking pictures in a wooded area, don’t wear green. Consider wearing a color that will contrast with that background so you don’t blend in.
The Day of the Portrait Session:
After we’ve determined the location or the locations and our timeline, we will schedule a day and we will shoot! On the day of the portrait session, I want to make sure that you are happy and relaxed. Just be yourselves! I like to let a session happen naturally. So, even if I need to pose you, I will have you act out a scene or give you a role to play like in a movie. That way, the moments can just happen.
And as those moments happen, I will capture the candid moments that occur and in between the frames.
The result is natural, relaxed, genuine moments. No fake smiles. No awkward poses. Just you, me and my camera, letting the moments happen.
It will be my pleasure to show you the beauty in your story. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture it: one smile, one laugh, one moment at a time.