Portrait Photography: Capturing the Big Moments
With a powerful onboard camera on every smart phone, taking photographs of every moment of every day has never been easier. If your children are anything like mine, they’re quick to get involved too. In fact, they seem to have an amazing “photography intuition” that comes with being born in this digital age. It’s not difficult to quickly fill up the space on your phone or tablet with hundreds of pictures and videos capturing the richness of everyday life. Yet, for all the fun we have snapping away, portrait photography is still a specialised art that requires a professional touch.
Portrait photography, in fact, is defined as a “photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject using effective lighting, backdrops and poses”.
That sounds easy enough. Just “say cheese” and snap away, right? The hundreds of blurry, out of focus pictures often attest to the reverse. In fact, if you do a quick google search of “portrait photography”, what you’ll find are a lot of blog articles that claim you need 8 or 14 or more tips and tricks to get the job done properly. Phrases like “exposure compensation”, “aperture settings” and “shutter speed” is enough to throw cold water on even the most fiery enthusiast’s passion.
Niche Portrait Photography
Plus, when you also consider that niche portraiture like newborn photography requires specialised equipment, a wide range of suitable props and the expert know-how when it comes to posing techniques for both quality and safety reasons, you’ll need to double up on the list of tips and tricks required. Newborn photography, like many other niche portraiture genres, requires hundreds of hours of perfecting the skills and techniques required.
What am I saying? Make sure you capture all of life’s small moments with your smartphone or tablet. Take as many videos and pictures as you can. Do yourself the favour of taking the time to work thorough your camera roll every so often. Remove the photos that are of poor quality and backup the ones that are worth keeping.
Then … when it comes to the big moments … the precious never-to-repeat first few days of your little one’s life, for instance, and the unforgettable milestones of your family’s adventure, make the choice decision to invest in professional portrait photography.
I’ve had the pleasure of serving many clients as a professional photographer and I’ve never heard one person bemoaning their choice to make this investment. Capturing these timeless moments and cherishing them forever has never been a mistake. However, many regret not doing so.
I’m sure you have a few questions about how this all works and what might be involved. I’d love to assist you and discuss all your concerns. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and get in touch via the contact form.
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