When you are shooting portraits, you need to bring your A-game as a photographer. That means instilling confidence in your subject so that they trust what you are doing and follow direction. When you’re confident, you’ll also achieve a more efficient and productive shoot – and be able to take the risks you need to get the creative shots you really want.
In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do in order to direct a portrait shoot with confidence.
From Kristi Louise Herd
Hi Gina, I have my first portfolio shoot with a young lady (who wants to break into modelling) and I am looking for some advice. Below is a montage of the 3 locations we are starting with. I will be working with 1 assistant. I guess my biggest fear (still) is the lighting. I really want these photos to stand out and nail the lighting. Also, I would appreciate any tips on make-up that I can offer the model.
The photos were taken (on my smartphone) roughly about the time of day we will be shooting. Appreciate any advise if you have time? Thanks Gina
How to direct a portrait shoot with confidence
- What tone of voice are you using?
“How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less” by speaker and author Nicholas Boothman
Step 1: Be open.
Step 2: Make eye contact.
Step 3: Beam.
Step 5: Lean in.
Via Business Insider
- Don’t assume people understand what you mean.
- Often it’s their first time in front of a camera
- Offer encouraging words
- Use scripts
- Role playing
- Shy person
- Over confident person
- Person who does not want to be photographed
- Negotiation tactics