Earlier this month we did a one to one portrait photography training session with wedding photographer, Tania Jonas. Tania runs a successful wedding photography business with her partner Steve, they regularly shoot weddings throughout the year.
Being a perfectionist though, Tania wanted to improve her bridal portrait photography skills and had been given one of our One to One Portrait Photography Training Sessions as a gift.
We also run a regular Portrait Photography Workshop which covers the same skills.
One of Tania’s images.
On the day of the training session we had a bright sunny day which presented both challenges and opportunities for portrait photography.
We visited 3 different locations with our model Liza and covered a whole range of portrait photography techniques, here are just a few of Tania’s images from the day, which are remarkable because she managed to achieve some lovely photos in each location and was often working with quite difficult lighting conditions.
The fist image is a very simple headshot, achieved by placing Liza in the shade on a sunny. The key skill taught here is about observing the light on Liza’s face and making sure the light and shadow fall in the right way to give a flattering portrait. We also worked on getting natural expression and on how to position a person for a headshot, rather than just having then straight on to the camera.
For this portrait, we used the frame of the gateway to assist with the composition and to give us shade from the direct sun. Exposing Liza correctly gives us a slightly overexposed background which works well
Considering we had just 3 hours for this session, Tania created a fantastic set of images. You can see more here.