The Essence Of Portrait Photography Part 2

So, how do we capture these character traits?

Each has unique characteristics, traits, attitudes, and features. However, not all people are the same when it comes to expressing them. There are just some who can easily convey their individual character or trait with immediate transparency. Others, on the other hand, have difficulty in doing the same.

For Temple House Photography, it would be easier to deal with the former type. But for the latter, it will take more work and proficiency to study the true essence of the subject otherwise; it can be hard transporting this essence into the portrait.

Having said that portrait photography isn’t only about taking shots, but rather it involves studying one’s character, like observing for signals displaying the subject’s mannerisms, expressions, body language, and even reactions. It will take a lot of skill and understanding for a photographer to do that, but such is required to reveal the true character of the subject.

Engaging them in conversation is one way of doing it.

Finding a common ground for a topic can begin the studying of person’s likeness. It can be any subject, so long as the subject is cooperating and opening up. Creating a rapport is also another important way we do it. It easily makes the subject more comfortable in our presence and therefore makes them more natural looking when we start taking photos of them.

When do we start taking pictures?

We can begin right away once we find the subject is comfortable and relaxed. Starting immediately can start the tension to set in the matter, therefore, making it hard for them to be at ease or settle down just yet. They may look posed in the pictures, but often they can result to a portrait lacking the subject’s true essence.

Rushing portrait photography is never a good idea. And unless we know the subject very well and they are already comfortable working with us, then we can begin right away. In the case of portrait photography, it works best by Temple house staff using our best judgment before executing any shots.

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6 thoughts on “The Essence Of Portrait Photography Part 2”

  1. Ken, your definition’s of a “true” portrait are intuitive, direct, and concise. They bring insight into what constitutes a “good” portrait, and into truly understanding your subject. – Greg

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