can be done in many different styles, to create a variety of feelings
ot to tell a story.
Sometimes portraits are simply created as a record, to show
how a child, or family, has grown or how friends relate. Other times
portraits can convey a message, show hobbies or interests to reveal
our dreams. Planning a portrait session ahead of time will help
you create portraits that can capture a moment in time, or create
memories to last a lifetime.
Ideas can help get your planning started!
Portrait ideas include . . .
Illustrative story-telling portraits: These portraits illustrate
a theme or create a scene around their subject(s). Portraits of
this type usually include more area, often showing the subject full-length.
The emphasis is on creating a mood or a vision.
setting or props to show past achievements or memories, current hobbies
or pastimes, future goals or career aspirations. Formal or special
occasion clothing, setting or props that illustrate activities or
interests, fantasy clothing, setting or props that reveal personalities.
Portraits: This type of portraiture emphasizes expressions
and the emotional appeal conveyed by the subject. Portraits
of this type usually center on the face or faces in the image.
these portraits can vary from close-ups to full-length subjects.
include: Big smiles and happy faces, thoughtfulness or introspection,
surprise laughter, shock, wonder, day dreaming, confidence and attitude.
Contemporary Portraiture: The Emphasis here is on the personal
or unusual portrait. Anything goes! Being creative by breaking your
everyday "rules" can often make great portrait memories.
Contemporary portraits might be concidered to be anyhting from inwardly
personal, unplanned, casual moment to a seemingly strange, "off-guard"
or out-of-character illustration that hints at your inner self. This
portrait style just might reveal the real you and be among your most
precious memories of all.
Portrait studies show the "you" that most people
rarely see or the personalities you'd most like to project.
Group or Couple Portraits (with more than one subject):The emphasis
here is on the relationships of the subjects, or images that are created
to highlight subject interaction.
These might include: Families, Child with Parent(s), Group of
Friends or Co-workers, Individuals with their Pet(s), grandparents
with Grandchildren, Brothers and Sisters, Husbands and Wives, Students
and Teachers, and Teammates. These images usually relate a common
bond or mutual feeling.
People's personalities are like intricate, many faceted gems, appearing
differently when viewed from a variety of perspectives.
Portraits help us capture and reveal our complex personalities so
we can explore and express ourselves.