What Makes a Good Portrait?
A good portrait has expression, personality, charisma. It ‘s engaging. It should tell a story, leave you wondering what the person’s thinking. Everyone can look amazing, even those people who swear they can’t take good pictures. It’s all about being comfortable. Kids have an easier time being relaxed because they aren’t worried about looking silly. We adults, on the other hand, tend to stiffen up, protect ourselves from being nervous by setting our jaws. You’ve seen those portraits many times!
What I like to do is engage in conversation right away. This calms people down instantly, gets them to open up. For me this is the best part of the job (why I chose photography over graphic design). I like talking to people, especially one on one. Once we’ve built rapport, the photos start to come along. It’s sort of like giving a speech; every one starts out nervous, but after a few minutes, you start to ease into it, forget that you are on the spot, and start to deliver.
I only want satisfied customers
Like many artists, I am crushed if someone doesn’t like my work. Call it an obsession. I’m obsessed with keeping my clients happy. This means I am willing to re-shoot if we don’t get it the first day. Thankfully I’ve never had to do this. I’m proud to say that every client who has stepped foot in my studio has come away happy, and the main reason for that is that I shoot tethered, which means clients see their photos come up in real time. They can give me feedback on what’s working, what’s not. There are no surprises when clients open up their proofing galleries, because we’ve already gone through the shots in person. My sessions are timed, but I also believe in going until we’ve gotten the solid, A + shots, however long that takes. My main concern is that the person leaves my studio 100% satisfied!