What are three types of portrait photography?
Portrait photography is actually a lot more diverse than you may think. Discover
3 different portrait photography types with details and examples below.
But first... What is portrait photography?
It is one of the most popular style of photography
Artistic representation of a person's attitude/character
All about the lighting, backdrop, poses and concept
Creating emotions in every image
You want to look at an image and feel some kind of way. Photos are designed to make you feel emotions. This might be happy, amazed, intrigued, angry, sad and so on. Photographers love to create WOW factors.
Essentially you want to try to capture the personality, identity, soul, and emotions of a person by utilising the background atmosphere, poses, and lighting.
Let's dive in...
1. CREATIVE PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
Creative portrait photographers will take a 'standard' portrait and make it creative by giving it a twist. They could combine many different real-world and technical elements together that will guarantee to get you talking. For example, photographing your subject underwater with props. Or cover your model in food and get your images to POP.
In this photoshoot I did just that...
2. CANDID PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
Candid photography is where your subject is more or less unaware there is a camera pointed at them. A 'natural' caught in the moment shot.
Candid portrait photography speaks to me personally as I specialise in wedding photography. I get to capture a lot of natural candid moments. Here are some examples below for candid wedding photography in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire UK.
3. TRADITIONAL POSED PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
This style is the most popular one out of the three. Looking straight in the camera, posed and styled. Modelling and actor headshots are put in this category.
I started out as a fashion photographer in Cheltenham and The Cotswolds and this style of portraits hold a special place in my heart. Very popular for brand photoshoots.
Here are some examples of traditional posed portrait photography.
Which type of portrait photography was your favourite?
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