3 Essential Tips You Need to Master Portrait Photography

by D'Arcy Benincosa

In this episode, I’m taking you inside my mind to see what happens when I’m taking someone’s portrait versus just taking a photograph. And yes, there is a big difference to my approach, method, and outcome (and lighting, and gear!). Hit play!

Meet Brittany Boote:

Brittany Boote is a Pennsylvania native with a strong enthusiasm for creating exceptional photography and serving her clients. Her photographs are cinematic in nature and artfully balanced with powerful portrait moments. Her calm presence and intuition in understanding storytelling & emotion are trademarks of her work. Prior to discovering her passion for photography, Brittany worked TV&Film in Manhattan as well as in the music & entertainment industries.

Her work has been celebrated around the globe via The Huffington Post, and INSIDER, as well as the multi-year winner of Junebug Weddings “Best of The Best”. She was also included in LOOKSLIKEFILM’s collection of The Best Wedding Photographers in the World. Her love for fashion, culture, cinema, classic Hollywood, human connection, and the community is the driving of her career as a Wedding Photographer.

In the realm of photography, there is a distinction between a mere photograph and a captivating portrait. What sets them apart? 

A photograph serves as a snapshot, freezing a scene or an event in time without a specific focus on a person or their unique characteristics. It documents real life, capturing candid moments and unfolding narratives. However, a portrait transcends the realm of documentation. It centers on a single person or a group, aiming to emphasize their physical features, expressions, emotions, and, most importantly, their personality.

The purpose of a portrait is to capture the essence of the subject, diving deeper than a mere presence on film. Its purpose is to immortalize the individual, preserving their true self for generations to come.

Are you ready to dive in?

As always, challenge yourself to create for others what you first create for yourself. If you’re truly committed to capturing stunning portraits that embody the essence of your clients, start by experiencing it firsthand. Seek out an artist, hire them, and become the subject of their creative process. This investment not only provides invaluable education but also rewards you with beautiful portraits of yourself.

Now, 3 essential tips you need to master portrait photography:

1. Be the director of their story.

Treat your subjects as the main characters in your artistic vision. Take the time to build rapport and truly understand who they are and what they stand for. This deep connection will enable you to capture their essence authentically.

2. Co-create art with your subjects.

Share a common mission of creating something beautiful. When you foster a collaborative environment, you empower your subjects to release judgment and embrace their true selves. Shift their mindset from judgment mode to creative mode.

3. Embrace experimentation and exploration.

Taking a portrait is a transformative journey. Embrace the unexpected and be open to the magic that unfolds. Let go of rigid outcomes and allow the creative process to guide you.

Look for the joy in photographing individuals who exude self-assurance and self-love. Whether they have something to prove or nothing at all, capturing their essence is a profoundly rewarding experience.

Remember, a portrait is not just a photograph; it is an art form that celebrates the unique spirit of an individual. So grab your camera, embrace the power of portraiture, and let your subjects shine in all their glory.

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