Photo Fact Friday: The Benefits of Location Portraiture

By Michelle Ecker on September 11th, 2015

It’s Photo Fact Friday at NYIP! Every Friday afternoon, tune in right here on our photography blog for a new piece of advice from NYIP’s photography mentors, a team of successful photographers that works with our students to help them grow.

Photo Fact Friday: The Benefits of Location Portraiture

Here is today’s tip:

“Many people use portrait photography as a means of expressing personality, career accomplishments or character traits. A famous chef, for example, may want a photo of himself in an apron and toque blanche, striking a pose as he prepares a signature dish.

When images like this are shot in a studio, however, some clients might feel disappointed with the impersonal feel of such an objective setting. So if you’re looking to showcase more of a person’s disposition and lifestyle, consider giving location portraiture a try. Many clients will be thrilled if you suggest the possibility of shooting somewhere meaningful to them, rather than in your studio.

To be suitable, propose a spot that reflects the specific client’s interests. As many of us already know, the key to all good portraiture lies in the photographer’s ability to teach viewers something about the subject. On location, you’ll have the advantage of a client’s familiar surroundings. You also can use backgrounds and props to help further enhance the telling of that person’s story.” If you do want to start your own local portraiture business, consider investing in NYIP's portrait photography course. By the end of the program, you’ll have created a portfolio of high-quality photos and you’ll have the skills and know-how to succeed as a profitable professional.

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