In this article, Annabel Williams, who is now teaching via her blog
, which shows you her latest shoots, tells you all kinds of interesting things happening in the photography world, and also answers any questions you have about photography, shares five tips to help those who are new to portrait photography.
To get a good picture of someone they need to be relaxed, and the best way to relax them is to plan the shoot with them.
Check out backgrounds together, so they feel part of the shoot.
Once you've decided on 2 or 3 backgrounds/locations it will help you with creative block, because you will know where you are going next. Then select clothes together based on which ones you think will work best with the backgrounds you've chosen.
Don't "pose" people, they will feel more nervous! Ask them to lean against this wall, or just sit on the floor however they want. Once they do that, you can look at them and decide which bits of them need moving. Or walk around them and see which angle they look best at.
Don't get your cameras out until you've done all of the above! People will be much more relaxed if you don't!
For more images, tips and ideas, visit Annabel's new Techy Free Zone at www.annabelwilliams.com