Portrait photography is a great way to get the headshot, author photo, or professional business picture you need. With today’s technology and social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, there’s more pictures of us floating around than ever, but many of us are still without high-quality photos to use in professional circumstances. If you need an updated headshot or picture for your business portfolio, here is everything you need to know about professional portrait photography.
Unlike other kinds of photography—landscape, wedding, or group shots—portrait photography focuses on a single subject, usually from the waist up. Because there is only one subject in the photo, lighting is a significant element of portraiture because it has the power to alter the appearance of the subject. The higher the lighting ratio, for example, the more shadows will appear, making the image softer or more moody. A lower lighting ratio will create less contrast, resulting a lighter, more vibrant image. It’s important to decide what kind of lighting you would like for your portrait session. For instance, actors and artists tend to have more softly-lit portraits taken, whereas business professional often opt for brighter, less contrasted photos.
Another important aspect to consider in portrait photography is background. Studio portraiture is traditionally done with a blank background so the subject can stand out completely. More contemporary forms of portraiture, however, have embraced non-traditional settings such as homes, workplaces, and even outdoors landscapes to use as backgrounds. When getting a professional portrait taken, it’s important to choose a backdrop that will best compliment and reflect you without pulling focus.
A professional portrait can make all the difference in making connections within your industry and enhancing your career. At Cindy June photography, I can help you get the best professional portrait possible so you can take your career to the next level. For more information and to book a photography session with me, contact me today at Cindy June Photography.