Category Archives: Portraits

Portraits by Mark Behrens

Everyone’s Beautiful

I once heard my friend Karen say that every woman deserves a beautiful picture of herself! We work in what tends to be a very shallow profession, one where beauty captures the headlines and the rest of us “real” people sometimes watch from the sidelines.

Think about the people in your life, outside of my workshops I really don’t know too many models… However, I know a lot of “beautiful” people! My job as a photographer is to capture that beauty; I want those that step away from my lens to go away with a photo that captures their beautiful self.

I have a short video from a client shoot, the client agreed to let us video the session to create this for you. I want you to come away with two things; first, I approach every client the same way and do my best to make them look as beautiful as I can. Secondly, there is something I try to stress in every workshop, and that is, keep moving! Get those few good shots and then either you move or they move…

If you are in the business or looking to get into the portrait business, it’s very hard to sell two of the same shots. So, when you get it right, change it up and create a different photo for them to purchase…

Enjoy!

Mark Behrens
www.lightingasylum.com – Learn how to light
www.lookpw.com – Attend a live workshop

Take Better Photos of Children

Kids can be frustrating and a real challenge but also very rewarding. Because they have such short attention spans and are so active here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Let kids be kids. Parents must take a break from being parents!!! There is nothing worst than mom saying “do that funny smile thing” they don’t and the whole shoot goes down hill “do it or no ice cream, stop moving, listen to the photographer or you’re in big trouble” You’ll get better pictures by photographing them at play. If you want to make life a little easier, let them play a little first and burn some energy.

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Don’t shoot them from your level. Get down on the child’s level; you will get a better view of them.

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Try extreme angles. Turn your camera 45 degrees to add a little more impact! It helps to sit on the floor as you shoot them. Get some very close-up shots. You wind up with some really great shots.

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Take lots of pictures. Kids never stop moving and their expressions change at the drop of a hat. Be ready to catch the expressions in transition.

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Be patient. Many times kids hate their pictures taken because it is no fun; everyone is getting mad because they are not doing what somebody wants them to do. Try to keep things moving. You know what short attention spans you have, remember they are just kids!

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Keep your equipment simple. Kids could care less about your recycle times on your lights, whether or not the light is just right or that you must hold still to get a sharp focus with that slow shutter speed. Make you are not fiddling with your camera and miss a great shot.