3 Tips for Captivating Portraits

Toddlers, high school seniors, soon-to-be moms and dads – it’s no secret that portrait photography is one of the things on which we pride ourself the most. But how to go about creating a portrait like no other?

True or false? At the core, all portraits are exactly the same. Often true! But at William Edwards Photography we know they don’t have to be. Here are 3 tips for creating more visually captivating portraits at home…1. Break the Rules: If you have even an inch of experience behind the camera, chances are that you’ve been acquainted with the rule of thirds. Well rules are meant to be broken. We’ve all had that one photo that was taken either completely accidentally or without our knowledge, yet somehow turned out perfectly. Play around with test shots. You never know what candid gems you may capture. Check out the beautiful wedding photo below.

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2. Backgrounds: The best photos are usually the simplest but that classic monotone background just simply won’t do – regardless of its colour. Focus on texture rather than hue. A brick wall is far more rustic than a solid red or brown, a hedge way more invoking of nature than a green screen and a fur blanket infinitely more luxurious and ethereal than plain white. Not to mention the added level of comfort.

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3. Use Eye Lines, We Mean USE Them: Yes, the eyes are the window to a person’s soul, but what about when a subject’s eyes aren’t looking directly into the camera? Then their line of sight becomes the window into the vision of the photographer, which is all the more interesting. One’s gaze is a great indication of what the photographer is trying to feature. So use gaze to tell a story…other than the over told I held my camera up in front of them, so they had to smile and pose. Instead, try a little something like this…

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