Successful portraits are the combination of many key elements. Expression, design, lighting, art and more. Over time they only get more valuable. After all, a photograph is worth how many words?
Children. Do NOT practice smiling. That will get those "cheesy" smiles. Just let kids know that we are going to have fun when Norm "makes" a picture. Parents and grandparents are going to watch me the whole time so I can interact with the kids. Kids sense our feelings, so relax, remain calm, talk in soft tones, and I'll get the expressions at the right time. Avoid the trap of 10 adults from all angles instructing a child. They need to interact with the photographer.
Dads & Grandpas. We "macho" guys need to smile. Our expressions are never as animated as what we think. Go with the flow and the girls in your life with love you more for it.
Makeup. Again, keep it natural. Just enhance features a little.
Complexion. No problem! Retouching can easily make imperfections disappear. Corrective artwork is also available for those difficult situations.
Copyright 2018 Norman L. Rehme