The thing about portrait photography is the page is never blank. I don’t have to *do* anything, I don’t have to *think* about anything. It’s like opening a book where every page is chapter one. The whole story is contained in every image. And interpretation is left to *you*.
I don’t have to go looking for something interesting to see because you are there. You, the person I am photographing. *You* are the landscape, the product, the event. All I have to do is compose a shot and focus. You have to emit your glow.
Your glow is controlled by an array of switches whose sequence begins with trust. There is self-confidence. There is love. Together we break down the walls and open you up. There is nuance to this. There is no formula. Sometimes it requires a prop.
Friendship happens. It has to. That’s the only ‘formula’. If you ask me to do you portrait you are asking me to be your friend. And I enthusiastically consent. By now I have made hundreds of friends. If I can somehow get away with doing...
Your profile photos say something about you. There’s the obvious, the physical part, and the not-so-obvious subtle energies and vibrations that reach out beyond the screen and make the impression.
This part is the real you, the you beyond form, and it derives from your heart. It’s the most important aspect of a photograph yet it’s unseen, and difficult to describe. Your beauty lies not in your hair, or your skin or in your bone structure. Your beauty is inside you.
In order to capture that you have to set an intention. You have to decide to reveal it. The right light, the right composition, and a sensitive photographer enhances this reveal, but it’s in your control.
Getting your photo taken is not like getting a massage. Something isn’t done to you. It’s more like a dance lesson. The photographer leads, but you have to take the steps. You have to want to dance. When there’s an unwillingness to dance, it shows.
I suggest approaching your next photograph this way. Even if the photographer is...