Last Tuesday saw members meeting in the WI Hall to hear Tony Kent give us some hints & tips on taking portraits. Tony, a local photographer with wide ranging experience, including running a busy wedding photography business, was generous with his advice. He brought with him a wide variety of his printed portraits which illustrated his points – all most impressive. Tony’s pointers were down-to-earth and practical, backed up by engaging anecdotes making for a most enjoyable and instructive evening. Tony was kind enough to bring with him some handouts so (for the benefit of those members who missed the meeting) here is my selection of his main points:
- You need to develop a rapport with your subject because CLOSER IS BETTER
- The EYES must be in sharp focus
- and (counter-intuitively I thought, but I’ll give it a go) Do NOT ask them to smile EVER!!
This advice came just in time for me, I’m off now to take a photograph of every resident of Callestick for our Jubilee photo book – wish me luck!