Join Robert Vanelli for an in-depth discussion in this video How to work with the subject, part of Portrait Photography: Business Portraits.
- Before we start clicking away, it's very important that we get to know our subject. And we have to ask our subject what's the message they want to portray in their portrait. Talking with Trevor, he's a scientist, and sometimes he does lectures, and he wants to be on LinkedIn, he wants to look confident, approachable, and looked upon as a thought-leader in his field. So to keep this interaction going with my subject, I'm gonna use a prime 85 millimeter lens. This will keep me close enough to him to where he feels close to me, we can talk.
Had I have chosen a 200 millimeter lens, that would put me across the studio and our interaction's gonna be a little bit different. So what I want to do is stay as close as possible, snap the shots, keep him talking, and then, on some of the candid shots, quickly come up and capture the moment. (easy music) Good right there. That's it, good. Now shoot that shoulder back just a touch. Right there. Good. You look beautiful right there. (camera clicks) Nice. (camera clicks) It's all looking good Right now let's see if it's turned just a touch.
Little more, right there, good. Now close your eyes for a second. Ready, think engagement photos, go! (camera clicks) You put it in the newspaper. That's perfect. (camera clicks) You hear what he said? Take that George Clooney. (light laughter) Good, right there. Perfect, right there. That's it, head up, good. That's it, good. (camera clicks) Good, I'm needing the distinguished look. (laughter) (camera clicks) Now look away for a moment.
Your whole head, your whole head. Now look towards me. Go! Look back again. Ready and go. Good, I'm getting a good look there. (camera clicks) Nice, one more. (camera clicks) Good. Now just look at whatever you want. Look into the future. Now head down just a little bit. Ready, right there, now. Eyes on me, go! Nice. (camera clicks) That's it, last one. (camera clicks) Got it.
- Choosing a backdrop
- Scouting locations
- Lighting for corporate headshots and environmental portraits
- Establishing rapport with clients
- Creating a sense of power through posing
- Editing portraits with Lightroom
- Cataloging and organizing images