I enjoy working with people, interacting with them and our conversations, that is why portrait sessions are one of my favorites. I never follow a predetermined routine. My work while shooting a portrait is more about seeing details, finding emotions in people and capturing the moment. To achieve this, I try to create as pleasant and informal atmosphere as possible. This is a fantastic time spent and fun for everyone.
I do portrait sessions for a variety of people and for a variety of purposes. Individual clients want to have photos that emphasize their uniqueness, that will decorate their home, that they will share with their friends. I also do occasional sessions – individual or family, beauty or fashion sessions. I often work with companies, for whom I do business portrait sessions of key members of their staff. The footage is later used to show the atmosphere within the organization and to build personal brands. The portraits I create are used by my clients in social media – mainly Instagram, but also in photo books, promotional materials and calendars.
A portrait session is not just an eye-catching shot of a smiling face. It is very often a minute-by-minute conversation and a fight against limitations and the common belief that “I look bad in photos”. Time passes quickly during the session and after the first stresses there is no trace left.
What I like about portrait sessions is showing people beauty from my perspective, searching for strengths or emotions, which often redefine the photographed person. Many times I have heard from clients looking at their finished photographs that they did not knew themselves from the perspective I showed them. It is a great pleasure and satisfaction for me when I see how much happiness can come from well-composed portrait sessions.
I work differently with a portrait of a person and differently when I create a couple or group session. I always want the photographed person to get the best possible compilation of images. I have become accustomed to the fact that things are often unpredictable during a photoshoot. Often you are looking for a distant location to shoot, when in fact great snaps can be found just around the corner. Authenticity is important in portraiture and the surroundings are an important, but nonetheless, addition.
A portrait session usually takes 2-3 hours and the best shots are usually taken in the last minutes of the session, when everyone is relaxed and accustomed to the camera. It’s best to plan it on a day off on vacation, a weekend, or to plan the whole morning or afternoon for the session. I assure you that time spent this way will be a beautiful gift itself. It is also a fantastic idea for a present for friends or the loved ones.
If you are interested in beautiful photos, you need to refresh your own portfolio or you want to build your image anew – let’s meet for a talk and a session. I guarantee a really good atmosphere and great photographs.