Picking the right image for your portrait session can be a long and tedious process. Therefore, we will discuss how we assist our client to shortlist their images and choose their final photos easier.
Some of you might have experience with studio photo shoot, but still having difficulties in choosing the right photos for your applications. Before every start of any studio portrait session, we will discuss on your objectives for taking the photos. For some people, they want to print it out and hang it on their wall. There are some who just want capture their portrait for memories sake and keep it for years to come. For whatever reasons, there has to be a purpose for taking a portrait shoot.
Before taking up any personal portrait, have an idea in mind on what are you going to do with the pictures and let the photographer know about it. This will not only helps the photographer in the conceptualization process during the creative discussion, it will also allows the photographer to gives you some general ideas as suggestions for you to take on. It is best if you are able to collect some reference images online to show the photographer so he/she can use it as reference for a start. This process is important because you do not want to regret when you hang the images you choose does not suit your room.
Next is who is in the portrait session, portrait does not mean for individuals only. It can be any numbers from 1 to as many as the whole company. Perhaps for individual, it is easier to communicate and arrange the session. But as the number of pax grow, the difficulties increases. Therefore, take note on the attendance if your intended session is going to be a big group.
Many will have trouble on what to wear for portrait session. Without doubt it will always be a problem for anyone. We will always suggest a plain top and pair of jeans if it is a group portrait. Not only it provides a sense of unity, it will also look more pleasant for a longer period because photos are meant to keep for years but fashion may not last. As for individual portrait, we will keep the options open as long as the final images are aligned with your objectives.
Usually personal portraits are taken every 2-3 years, but family portraits should be taken yearly. Exactly how is this relevant to picking the right images, you may ask. Well, most of the application needs your recent headshot from the past 6 months (e.g. articles, passport photo and job applications). Getting your portrait done every 2-3 years is as important as your career advancement. It represents yourself without you physically being there and picking the right image will follow through your success. Bring along your past portrait to show your photographer, gives them some areas of improvement with feedbacks received from your last portrait session. This process ensures you get the right image you wanted without getting repeated images for your next session.
As we are shooting all studio sessions in tethered mode, this means you get to see the images taken on the spot throughout the session. We will explore possibilities along the way and make changes when necessary. In a studio lighting setup, the whole environmental mood changes. Some of you may get very nervous while some may not have the confident to bring out the best of you. While just saying “don’t be nervous” doesn’t really helps, we will show you the image taken on a larger screen to boost your confident and let you know for example which side of your face look better etc. This type of confident is build from inside out and we believe that once you have the confidence in you, it is very hard not to take nice portraits.
With these, we will end this week’s update. Let us know which area you interested to know or any technical questions by contacting us here.