Portrait photography involves more than simply capturing an image of a person. A successful portrait of an individual reveals something significant and identifiable about that person's character and personality, while a group portrait might be more memorable if people are interacting in the photograph. Babies, children, and couples are also part of the mix. You also need to consider location, lighting, wardrobe, makeup, and props. Sound overwhelming? Don't worry; this chapter covers the basics you need to know in order to get your portrait-taking business off the ground. In this chapter, you discover ways to work with your subject, how to find and create a flattering environment, special gear to consider, and an interview with a successful family and portrait photographer who shares her secrets for success.
44 q&a with a working pro
50 essential gear
52 before the shoot
57 at the shoot
67 photographing babies, kids, and teens
69 photographing groups
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Brandy Anderson is an international award-winning photographer, claiming the coveted first place in Wedding & Portrait Photographer International's 2009 children's portrait category. In addition to other accolades, including being named WPPI's first-ever "Fresh Face," Anderson became the only photographer to win two first-place prizes in the National Association of Professional ...