Professional Portrait Photography
A lot goes on before the actual shots are taken for a portrait shoot. You may have read the post about prepping for a portrait shoot. One of the main items is makeup. In our studio, Moira, who works in television and film, provides most of our makeup and hair services. When a client first walks in, we do a quick assessment of many things. One of the first is to assess the shape and the features of our clients face. Having previously discussed the style of the shoot our client wants, Moira and I discuss the lighting to help bring out the features we want and makeup is then started to help contour and shape the face to the desired look. Makeup and lighting work together to create the final image. While makeup is being attended to, I get to work on the lighting setup. Although there are several basic / standard lighting setups, each one needs to be tweaked for each client. Shape of the face, bridge of nose, eye size and spacing, etc.
Lighting and makeup work hand in hand.
Once hair, makeup and lighting is set, we work together with wardrobe and posing to create the look our clients want. Some people need more help and advice while others have a great feel for working in front of the camera.
I always feel it is the photographers job to get it right. The photographer is like a quarterback. Advise and consult with makeup. Establish the lighting, collaborate on wardrobe, assist with posing communicate with the client and pull the trigger! Over the next while, I will write about lighting and camera settings, but for now just know that to get the great family shot or the best model portfolio shot or the greatest social media portrait, there is a lot more work than just pointing the camera. Stay tuned for our workshops if you are interested as a photographer or contact us if you are interested in our services.