Portrait photography in the studio
Studio portraits are the crème de la crème. Premium mode, so to speak. For the results to be outstanding, the photographer doesn’t just master the lighting, the set and the camera settings. Just as important is the relationship established between subject and photographer. This always shows in the made-to-measure results.
Our highly-experienced photographer takes the time to find the right mood, posture, expression and the best light. Then he’ll select with you the best shots of the session, so that you get exactly what you came for… or better.
Post-production is an essential step in portrait photography, it is at this stage that the photograph reveals all its expressive power.
Portrait photography on location
For on-location portrait photography, the name of the game is improv. The photographer assesses the constraints and perks of the setting, uses them to enhance the shoot in every way possible, and then gets the subject to blend and play with what’s there to bring out the best. On-location shoots are often great for magazine publishing, press and, of course, web and social media.
This is personalized portrait photography par excellence, which offers great scope for personal expression and creativity, not only thanks to getting the most out of the setting, but also by playing with natural light and flash photography techniques. It’s all about highlighting your image.
Portrait integrated in a decor
A green-screen in photography offers several advantages: perfect control over light because you are photographed in studio conditions. But also, and especially, the setting comes to you. You don’t go to it. This is handy if you’re busy, or if you want to be in a setting that would require a 10-hour flight to reach, or even going into never never land. The décor of your choice is slipped in behind you in post-production. It’s the art of making the fake seem real.
But actually, in photography, the screen isn’t green. No. Contrary to video, which IS shot on a green background, a white or gray background is more commonly used in photography. This avoids any contamination (called bleeding) of the subject colors by the background. Clipping (detouring the subject to separate from the backdrop) is also a whole lot easier in photography than in video production, where you have to clip up to 60 or more frames per second. Ouch!
Portraits at events
This is portraiture in “live” mode. The art of portraiture at events consists in approaching people slyly, charismatically and convincingly so as to catch them “on the fly” for lively, smiling and warm images which will express the success of your event.
After 30 some odd years toiling for the press, our in-house photographer has got the art down pat: pop up, get the subjects riled up or in whatever mood you need them in, order them around without rubbing them the wrong way, and then snap, snap and snap again before they know what snapped them.