Recently I was asked to take some portraits of someone for their professional website. I really like these kind of challenges as I get to play around with ideas I have.
I wanted to approach this portrait session from a different angle. The client didn’t want the shots to be too formal, so I was able to play around with artistic ideas I had. However they also didn’t want them to be too arty either, so I had to find a nice balance.
I had wanted to do some portraits for a while where I got to use the reflections from windows. I had found a nice coffee shop I thought this could work well in. I also liked the colours and retro feel of the space. Thankfully it was an overcast day, so the window reflections weren’t too strong. I wanted the subject posing as natural as possible, like he was working at his laptop or talking to clients on the phone. In the end I was happy with the way the shots came out. He looks natural and confident. I also feel that the shots help bring out his personality.
I also wanted to photograph the subject along a wall. I wanted to pick a nice Georgian style red bricked wall. Now these are everywhere in Dublin, but I found it quite difficult to find the right on. Most are either too warn and dull, or too new and bright. However I was able to find the right one in the end. It was the perfect mix of old and new, and still had plenty of colour in it. As these were for a website, I needed to give him the option of putting content to one side of the frame. To do this I made sure in some shots that he was either on the left hand, or right hand side of the frame.
He had also requested a shot of him where he would be repeated a number of times in the image. At first I didn’t like the idea, but when I thought about it more it seemed like something that could look quite interesting if done correctly. For this I found a nice wall in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Thankfully we were shooting early on Sunday morning, so there weren’t too many people on the streets. I set the camera up on the tripod, got my settings correct, and then asked him to do different poses along the wall, so as I would have plenty of options when it came to editing. They are not my favourite shots from the shoot but I still like the way they came out. Interesting and something a bit different!
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