Headshots, Pets and Family Portraits

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LIFESTYLE and PORTRAITS:

In full body modelling portraits positioning of the hands become important.


Most people don’t have modelling experience (and that’s 90% of the people you will ever photograph), and they feel awkward with their hands. They don’t know what to do with them. Most leave them dangling on the sides.
Posture becomes important too. If someone slouches or positions the head in a certain way that can produce a stiff posture and a bad image. You don’t want that.

The position of the feet and the legs are also important. I have previously discussed at length about how to pose a bride and a groom. All of those posing techniques are applicable here.


The legs shouldn’t be together. They should be positioned in a way so that the weight is on the back leg. That frees up the other leg to be positioned as one chooses. For example, a slightly bent leg or one that
For example, a slightly bent leg looks far better than the ‘attention’ posture.

It has been written about how to create the letter ‘S’ with a female model’s body. That posture requires the transfer of weight from the front to the back leg. It brings out the feminine form and creates a much better pose.


For a male model, leaning against a a wall, with one foot resting against it and the other foot on the road/floor, body turned slightly away from the camera and the head turned towards it is a nice pose to start off.

For full body modelling portraits, the best option is not to shoot with too wide a lens. Wide angle lenses are affected by distortions, especially at the corners and edges.


Wide angle lenses will make your model look weird. With a wide angle lens, you cover a lot of the scene. As a result, you have to move in close in order to get a tight shot. That is what creates distortions.


Another reason to avoid a wide zoom lens is they are difficult to work with in small studios.

The best choice is something like a 50-70mm. On the other hand, with telelenses, you have to stand too far away in order to crop out negative space. That means your subject will be compressed against a background.


Between a wide-angle zoom and a telephoto, however, choose the latter. The look is a lot more natural with a telephoto. And always shoot from a distance and zoom in rather than use the widest focal length and shoot from a close distance.

In photography the absence of light means the absence of any quality picture. A well lit subject is the aim of any photographer. Lighting styles are therefore employed to make sure that such a goal is achieved. There are numerous ways through the desired lighting techniques can be achieved. In photography, the angle at which the light hits a subject is crucial. Therefore a photographer will make sure that light angles on the subject are at their very best, and this involves the placing of lights at certain angles in relation to the subject, with the aim of achieving a given effect.


Portrait and family portraits photography or portraiture in photography are photographs of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait photograph might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study. Frequently, portraits are commissioned for special occasions, such as weddings or school events.
Portraits can serve many purposes, from usage on a personal Web site to display in the lobby of a business.


There are many different techniques for family or pet portrait photography. Often it is desirable to capture the subject's eyes and face in sharp focus while allowing other less important elements to be rendered in a soft focus. At other times, portraits of individual features might be the focus of a composition such as the hands, eyes or part of the subject's torso.


Additionally another style such as head shot has come out of the portraiture technique and has become a style on its own.