How to Compose a Portrait
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
By Sharon Arnoldi Photography
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The holiday season is coming up and you know what that means - family time! This is my favorite part of the year, because I get to see all of my loved ones, including extended family. There is nothing better than spending time with the ones that know you best and love you unconditionally. Not to mention, families seem to be constantly changing these days. So it is so fun seeing the kiddos, meeting new people, and getting to see and maybe comfort that one person that has been through a lot this year.
 
If you are a family person like me, you probably cherish these times more than anything. In order to preserve these memories, it is crucial that you document them! My favorite way of doing this is taking a family portrait. Having all your loved ones in one picture is such a treasure. Think about your kids and grand kids who will reminisce on that moment for the rest of their lives. 

Properly Composing a Portrait

As a photographer, I have composed many portraits in my career, and I often hear the misconception that we just point the camera in a general direction and click the shutter. As this may seem like what I do when I take your family’s portrait, there is so much more that goes into it! Here are a few crucial details that go into composing a portrait:
 
  1. Lighting - This is a huge component that all photographers have to consider. Since more than one person may be in the portrait, we want lighting that will show off everyone’s beautiful features without creating too many shadows in the wrong places. Natural lighting is my favorite, but there are other forms of lighting that work great as well. 
  2. Background - Using a background with frames, texture, and color can work wonders for a family portrait. Having something like a doorway can add just enough detail behind the subjects without making it too cluttered or busy. Other ideas include brick walls, archways, bridges, and windows all make for great backgrounds.
  3. Angles - Considering the angle to shoot from can change a photos from good to amazing. Having a straightforward portrait is sometimes great, but it’s also fun to change up the angle to get a different perspective. Doing so can help avoid anything unwanted in a background. Annoying telephone pole? Just change the angle to get it out of the shot! 

As a premier Colorado mountain photographer, I would love to help you fill your gallery wall with timeless memories and precious moments. Let's chat!

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