A Spoiled Rotten Portrait has 5 Characteristics, They are Authentic and E.P.I.C.
- is Authentic
- Our portraits should be a true representation of the child’s beautiful spirit.
- The portrait shouldn’t necessarily be how the child looks everyday, rather, how the child would look on their very best day.
- Expressions should be real and never contrived looking.
- Props and settings are used to support the intended subject.
- technically Excellent
- The image should be properly exposed with the proper color balance- skin tones are realistic.
- Portraits are enhanced as to remove imperfections and distractions and never “over-photo-shopped.”
- Lighting is “good” meaning it is directional, flattering, and never flat.
- Catch lights are usually in the 10 or 2 position
- The background, props and clothing should be in harmony.
- has flattering Posing
- The subjects pose should be natural and unforced- while adhering to the guidelines of posing.
- If image does not show all of the body, arms and legs should never be severed at a joint.
- If multiple people are in an image, each shares prominence (unless you are trying to highlight specific subject).
- is Impactful
- When a person sees the image for the first time- how does it make them feel?
- A great portrait portrays great emotion. Weather it be happiness, sadness or somewhere in between- we want our portrait to leave a lasting impression on the viewer.
- has pleasing Composition
- The elements of the portrait should work well with each other and not compete for interest.
- In most cases the rule of thirds should be used.
- The portrait should not have any merge errors.
- The composition should allow for both 8×10 and 4×6 crop.When possible the pose should create triangles- arms and legs should never flail.
What is Good Light?
Good light can be different depending on the mood you want to achieve. In most cases, we are lighting a preschooler. Here are some tips of what “good lighting” is for most of our preschool clients.
- We want the lighting to be directional (not flat)
- This means you can tell which direction the main light is coming from.
- Directional lighting gives the face depth and dimension. It makes the subject appear more 3-dimensional than would be possible on the 2-dimensional photograph.
- Catchlights (reflections (usually white) from the light source) are visible and bright.
- In most cases we want both eyes to show catchlights.
- Catchlights should be at the 10 or 2 positions.
- Eyebags are not prominent.
- Usually if eyebags are prominent, the light source is too high
- Most photos taken outside in the sun at noon, people tend to have prominent eye bags (racoon eyes)
- Lighting is soft and there are no harsh shadows.
- The highlight to shadow transition is soft and not harsh
- In most cases the lighting pattern is “Short”
- Aiming the camera into the shadow side of the face produces a flattering shadow pattern and reduces the risk of harsh shadows.
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