Portrait Photography Workshop London – Week 1

Portrait photography workshop London – Week 1 RawSilk Photography

By Stefan Lacandler – Founder & Principal photographer at RawSilk Photography 


Portrait photography workshop London – Week 1 – Building a rapport with your subject



Portrait photography workshop London

Portrait photography workshop London – Week 1 – Building a rapport with your subject


As we start the first week of this portrait photography workshop let’s start by establishing what a portrait actually is. A portrait is a series of choices between a photographer and subject that results in the a particular likeness of the outward appearance or manifestation of a specific soul at a particular point in time.


• A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant.


•A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the painter or photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer.


There are a number of questions to you need to ask yourself as the photographer:


• What is the artist’s goal in creating a portrait?
• What is the subject’s goal in allowing a portrait to be made?


• Who is the intended audience for the portrait?


Normally we as photographers want to create a flattering portrait and in order to do so we need to make our subject feel at ease.
One of the best ways of doing this is speaking continuously through out the shoot, by having a continuous dialogue we  give the subject confidence and make them feel part of the process, it is also common courtesy to give them useful feedback as you are shooting.

You need to build that rapport very quickly and your ability to emotionally connect with complete strangers will be essential. 
Guide the subject by showing them a pose you have in mind, change positions and try to explain the narrative ideas of the shoot.

As followers of my blog are probably aware of I am teaching at arguably the best private photography school in London, LSP – London School of Photography our Portrait photography workshop over 4 days is a great way to vastly improve your portraiture skills and I can’t recommend it highly enough!


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