In my previous post I talked about photographing children, and mentioned at the end that I’m happy to photograph adults too! Here are some images from a recent shoot for an adult couple.
This is a blue-toned black and white image. The toning adds to the cool look of his serious expression, but the image is lifted by the slight smile on her face. The plan was to have neither of them smiling, however I really liked the contrast with one person smiling and one not smiling.
With this image I wanted to make sure that her outfit, carefully chosen to match her eyes, was properly recorded, so it needed to be in colour. To give a tiny little catchlight in her eyes I used a tiny pop of fill-in flash. The long focal length lens has put the background nicely out of focus.
I’ve used the same fill-in flash technique here. He was in an area shaded by a large building so needed that extra reflection in his eyes. He’s over to the right side of the frame, which balances with the space on the left side of the frame, gives him an area to look into, and draws you into the image.
In this last image he was in a much more open area which gave good eye reflections, so didn’t need an extra catchlight. Going in close and using a large lens aperture has thrown most of his head out of focus, leaving just the plane of his face sharp. This lets us concentrate on his expression and eyes. There’s a direct communication between us and the subject, making for a strong portrait.
It was a fun shoot with a great couple.