I love a good on-location family session, personally they are my fav… but when the weather starts to get cooler in my area, outside sessions are harder to come by which negatively affects my business. Having a big backdrop for studio family sessions keeps my bookings coming through the door in the colder months. I am going to share a few tips to help these shoots go smoothly while keeping the images beautiful and classy.
I teamed up with Intuition Backgrounds to show you how to take gorgeous portraits in any space. In this video I will walk you through 7 different lighting setups so that you can hang a backdrop in any space and make your clients look and feel absolutely amazing.
An editorial portrait is one that tells a story. The story of who your client is yes, but also the narrative that you’re creating about her. Are you going to portray your client as sensual? As a queen? Is she soft and romantic or strong and edgy? Your lighting, color palette, styling and camera angle – all of it works together to tell your story.
Regardless of the genre of photography that you specialize in, creating a visual story is always the key fundamental to producing beautiful photography. Elements like lighting, the right pose and expression can make or break your images, but the story can be a guiding force that helps the subject find that expression or helps you to guide the pose and lighting to produce great results. One of the first building blocks to establishing the story is the backdrop you photograph against. It isn’t the only element that defines story, but it is the first key element that immediately sets the visual expectation of where we are (as a viewing audience) and where we might go through your series of images.