When I made a start on the course work for image the portrait I said that I was not very good at portraits and that it was something that I needed to practice, and these photos are as a result of that.
However, I have also realised that when I do event photography, and photograph people at those, when they are being themselves and not posing, my portraits are ok. I will include some of those when I post my experiments with street photography.
For most of these photos I have approached people and explained that I am studying photography and sought their consent, although I have included a couple of street portraits.
Whilst practicing for this I asked people to talk with each other or carry on with the activity that they were doing, I don’t particularly like photographing people face on, although I can see that for portrait and wedding photographers this is a requirement. It will also be necessary for some events and corporate photography. I have taken some of these photos in three stages, so that I have included some background, some a little closer, and some are full face. This was so that I could see how context changes how we view people.
These first six photos are of a couple, although I photographed them individually, and these are my favourite shots. Their character shone through and I simply had to photograph them. The other photos follow on below.
Sometimes you have to be a little crazy to bring the best out of someone. The young man in this photo was with his partner and it was his birthday. Their wasnt a smile though. As soon as I sang happy birthday the smile broke out and I am really pleased with the result.
The next few sets show how context can alter how we view a person, and add information to a scene.
I had a lovely chat with this couple, I took an interest in them and they did with me. The rest of the day was more relaxing because of this and I was then more natural with others that modelled for me.
I found this woman very interesting. She has a bold character and I am pleased with the tight crop portrait. The other point of interest is how distractions can ruin a photo.
This gent was great, I asked him to look angry with me. This is a point to be aware of for the future. Some people are able to produce emotions if they are directed by the photographer. This is something that I can make more use of in the future.
One of my better animal portraits. Animals dont do what you ask them to, so patience and being quick witted are the key.
I really enjoyed the street portrait photography. It is something that I can make more use of with events photography. Some more examples will be included in my Street Photography post.