Effective Photo Shoot Styles in Portrait Photography

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“Lourens” captured by Grant McKinlay (Click Image to See More From Grant McKinlay)

What I am supposed to wear for my photo shoot? This is a typical question you will be faced with when shooting photo shoots. In answering this question one has to establish what type of ‘look’ one is trying to achieve before planning the actual clothing outfits. In helping individuals to sort out their ideas I like to categorize the styles in three classes. The following are three of the most popular styles that people tend to opt for when doing a photo shoot.

The Corporate Look

A photo shoot with a business oriented look is usually sought by seniors. A classic two-piece suit is the most frequent choice of clothing. The choice of colour most of the time is a darker shade of grey or blue. In case of a female model, a blouse underneath is highly recommended. It is elegant and at the same time very feminine.

Though these types of shoots are commonly done in an indoor studio, I strongly suggest that you be creative and do these on location. I have seen various outdoor work depicting construction sites, factory floors and other production areas in the background. These kinds of backdrops manage to tell more about the work and profession of the person being photographed.

I suggest incorporating some low angled shoots to emphasis the authoritative feel in a way that reflects the model’s profession.

The Casual Look

This is a very basic and straight forward look, both in terms of clothing attires and set up. Outfits in line with this look are jeans, skirts, plain tops and sweaters. Runners are the most appropriate shoes for these types of clothes. To visualize this type of style, think of what the girl next door would wear to go to high school or university.

Ideal outdoor locations that would offer suitable backgrounds are urban areas or greener areas such as playgrounds and parks.

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“Asya All” captured by Alexei Jurchenko (Click Image to See More From Alexei Jurchenko)

Shoot the model from a normal perspective as seen by a person when relating in a one to one everyday life situations.

The Glamour Look

This is a very popular style with female models aspiring to make a break through in the entertaining business. Clothing items that are associated with this type of shooting are party outfits, swimwear, bikinis and lingerie. The sensual type of underwear that goes hand in hand with attractive dresses and skimpy outfits are push-up bras and g-strings. High heels are a very effective way in getting that sexy posture.

Outdoor locations that are popular with these types of photo shoots are exotic beaches, summer resorts, hotels and gardens.

Suggest the model to lower a bit her chin and look straight at the camera, to get that seductive look.

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Photo captured by Heather Marie Smith (Click Image to See More From Heather Marie Smith)

While at it, it is worth mentioning the importance of posing the models properly. In the above mentioned set ups, directing the models to pose properly is part and parcel of a successful photo shoot. It is of extreme importance that you adapt posing styles that reflect each particular look, to get effective and dynamic results from your photo shoots.

About the Author:
A member of the Malta Photographic Society (MPS), a public speaker and an article writer for various entities. If you have found the above helpful, I invite you to visit my site at http://michaelabela.weebly.com where you can learn more about different aspects in photography, in particular, how to pose a model and turn your photos into money online.

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  1. Colin. Burt says:

    The article made sense – but the images used to illustrate it ….! Are they intended to show what you should NOT do ? A guy looking uncomfortable in a crumpled suit that is not a good fit? A girl with no facial modelling by the lighting , against a busy background ? And the poor model lying in the sand with stray grains of sand all over her as if she had just been the victim of a sand kicker ?

  2. Ivy says:

    Where’s the “Like” button for Burt’s comment! I agree that the photos do not portrey very good examples of the three different types of styles.

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