Is Portrait Photography right for your wedding?

Today I’m diving back into the different styles of photography to complete my tutorials on defining them so you can easily make informed decisions on what you’re seeking for your wedding as well as finding the right photographer to match those needs.

We’ve learned about traditional, photojournalistic and illustrative photography already. Today, I’ll demystify what portrait photography truly is and why it is not for the faint of hearts!

Portrait photography

According to Wikipedia; Portrait photography or portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person’s face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included.

Wedding Portrait

This is why it takes big girl pants to capture great portraiture during a wedding. As a creative aka socially awkward person, this is the most terrifying style of photography but it is also the most rewarding.  Let me explain…

Break the bubble

In order to capture a good great portrait, I have to get into my subject’s bubble.  I can’t cheat by simply staying far and using my big zoom.  My couple not only has put their guards down but also has the trust to connect with me and is owning this moment.

Emotion, Emotion, Emotion

This is not your standard look at the camera and smile. A true portrait grabs you deep in the belly, tells you something intimate about the subject, holds your attention for a split second longer because it’s not just “pretty”, it’s real.

Look into my eyes

In psychology, there is a term called a Heart Lock-in.  It’s your safe haven, your virtual lifeline where nothing else matters and all your energy goes into looking into that emotion…click.  When my couples allow me to capture that moment between looking at each other or starring straight into my camera, that’s when I know I have captured a great portrait, also because it is usually at that moment that I am equally scared shitless beyond movement and completely consumed by joy.

Wow that was intense!  I’ve taken great portraits of my toddler looking straight at me with the biggest smile on her face. It just melts your heart but kids tend to do that…they haven’t learned about being self-conscious yet! A skilled photographer will find that rawness of emotion and the pureness of the connection between the subject and viewer. It’s a moment of full disclosure.

Stay tuned tomorrow we get to have fun with High Fashion Photography.

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