John needed some up to date portraits for his various roles as a journalist, broadcaster, public speaker and writer, and for his new television agent and website. The brief was to produce a good choice of portraits that could be used for different aspects of his work – some more serious and thoughtful; others more animated and warm.
A head and shoulders portrait session usually takes about an hour and a half to two hours, especially if we want to utilize different backgrounds, tops and moods. As well as capturing some studio style headshots, we almost always go out for a little walkabout (with me having thought about good spots in advance of the session at the briefing stage) to capture some more informal/lifestyle images with a natural backdrop.
We take time, sometimes with a couple of changes of outfit and/or different hair arrangments if they are wanted. I work hard at your session to produce images with lovely light and the right atmosphere and mood in the lighting and composition to capture the essence of you as well as the message/s you want to put across to your audience.
By making the session unhurried, fun and diverting, and with you comfortable, nutured and relaxed, great results ensue!
Almost everyone tells me they are dreading the shoot but come away saying they thoroughly enjoyed it as well as realising that they can look great in an image after all.
That is hugely satisfying to me as I feel I have helped to boost your confidence and sense of how you appear to the world, as well as producing a set of images that you will be happy – proud even – to put out there.
In my next blog I’ll post some images of Tanya who came for a session last week and had this to say:
Hi Anna, I had such a good day with you. Thanks so much for your amazing work, I’m so glad I found you!
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