Join Robert Vanelli for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with the subject, part of Portrait Photography: Business Portraits.
- Here the real fun begins. I'm switching to a handheld. We're going to move the tripod out of the way and we're going to start shooting. Lyn, now imagine this right here, these are your shoulders. Here, right now will be your right shoulder and this is your left shoulder. If I push my finger back this way, move your shoulder back, beautiful. Bring your other shoulder forward. That's it, now bring them back together again. Now, if I push this shoulder back, bring the other shoulder forward. Beautiful and come right back again.
So, Lyn, picture my top finger is the top of your head, my thumb is your jaw, so if I tilt my hand back, move your head with my hand, tilt down. Good, tilt back up, beautiful. Let's see, tilt to the side and tilt to the other side. Awesome, good. That's going to be your head gestures and here is going to be your shoulder. So, again, turn, beautiful and come back, let's go to the other side and back again. Great, all right, we're ready to begin.
Ready Lyn, head up just a little bit. Back down just a touch, beautiful, right there. Look happy. Now, you're trying to portray that warmth, so I'm a client, I'm going to come to you because I trust you. Ready, so give me the trusting look. Beautiful. Now, just in case we're on a set and she can't hear me, I'm able to make these slight hand gestures and what it's going to do, is help her respond to what I'm doing, but it's also building a good connection between us.
She feels that we're a part of a team and when she starts to see me moving my hands just a little bit, she knows to move back and forth and it gives her instant feedback on how we are doing. Are you ready, Lyn? Let's turn your whole head just a little bit this way. Beautiful, tilt your head down just a touch, good. Now, bring it back, right there, perfect. Nice. Good. One more, turn your head just a little bit. Beautiful.
Very good. Now, normally, subjects with bright, blue eyes have a tendency of blinking because they're very sensitive to light, Lyn here has brown eyes. And what we want to do with her, since she is blinking every so often, but what I want to do with her, is use the same concept I would with somebody with light color eyes. I'm going to have her close her eyes, put a special thought into her head and in her case, she wants to portray warmth, she wants to portray trusting, so those are the key words that are stuck in her head and then when I say: "Slowly open your eyes." When she opens her eyes, that's when I'll take the shot and it will minimize any camera blinking or any eye blinking because of the camera.
Now Lyn, close your eyes. Now, put that thought into your head, trust, confidence, take a deep breath. When I say it to you, you're going to slowly exhale as you slowly open your eyes. Ready, exhale, open, beautiful. Happy, nice, good. Beautiful, Lyn, one more. Very good.
Lyn is a natural, she's taken directions very well, and what I'm going to do now, is I'm going to try to pull a little more emotion out of her by asking her questions. Lyn, what I need you to do is this; when I have you close your eyes in a moment, I want you to think of the first time as an actor that you were on that stage. Already I can see in your eye, you're getting all excited. Ready to close your eyes for a second. Think about the first time you were on that stage. When you think about that, think of the roar of the crowd. Good, open your eyes, good.
Smile, how excited were you, you can talk. How excited were you? - Very. - Remember what play it was? Was it a Greek play or was it... - Yes, in a way, it was a Greek play. - Hard to remember the lines? - Not bad, not bad. - Any mess ups? - No. - You're doing great, beautiful. Beautiful.
Now, by getting her to talk, you'll start to notice her face starts to light up and she's very active with me with the shoot, so it's not just me, the photographer, her, the subject, it's us working together as a team to build the perfect corporate portrait.
- 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