My Take: This post does a great job of explaining how to put a client at ease but you also have to take into consideration your equipment. Many photographers have switched to flash or fluorescent lights so that their client will not bake under traditional tungsten lights. Sweat usually isn’t attractive in a portrait. If you use fluorescents, make sure they are bright enough. You don’t want the lights to be too close to the subject. You also need the correct lens — a lens in the 85mm to 100mm range works well because you won’t have to be right on top of your client to get proper framing. Being too close makes a client feel claustrophobic and will invade their personal space.
Yet another beautiful young lady strides confidently through the plaza with her cotton summer dress dancing in all the right ways. Her auburn hair streams out behind in perfect step with the undulations of her dress and sparkles in the midday sun. As a photographer, you can’t help but marvel at her poise and sense of purpose.
She takes a long glance at herself in the shop window without ever missing a step. She strokes her long thin fingers through her hair and takes another look. We know what she’s thinking, and we think she’s beautiful too.
But this confident young lass has a secret. A deep dark secret. Click to continue »
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