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Getting great portraits doesn't have to be complicated.
In fact, sometimes the best ideas for creating gorgeous portraits are the simplest ones to implement.
That's true whether you're photographing families, newborns, large groups, or individuals.
In this article, I'd like to share three easy tips for getting beautiful portraits. Though the sample images feature girls and young ladies, these ideas can work for just about any portrait subject.
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Add Dad (or Mom!)
Eden Bao Photography
When you're photographing very young girls, it can sometimes be a challenge to get them to focus on the task and hand.
However, if you add dad to the shot, you have a ready-made method for helping the young lady to relax in front of the camera and be herself.
In the example above, the setting isn't anything particularly special, but that doesn't matter because the focal point is the pretty little princess with her dad.
The interaction between the two creates a sweet moment, which is aided by the "magic" added to the shot with bokeh effects that look like fairy dust.
Of course, you can add mom to the shot as well.
The advantage of highlighting mom and daughter is that you can create continuity between them by dressing them in matching mommy and me sets.
In this case, the light, flowing gowns that mom and daughter are wearing help amplify the brightness of the image.
The matching floral crowns add color and texture to the shot as well.
If you photograph young children and find that a solo portrait is proving difficult, simply try adding a parent or sibling to the mix.
Add Interest to the Shot With the Wardrobe and Accessories
Eliz Alex Photography
In landscape photography, there's a misconception that what makes the shot beautiful is some fantastic, iconic scene.
However, you can make a beautiful landscape shot out of more mundane settings - you just have to know how to dress it up.
Similarly, you don't need to go to some exotic location to get a beautiful portrait.
In the image above, the setting is a normal, everyday kitchen, yet the portrait of the young lady works in large part to the gorgeous gown she's wearing.
The texture of the top of the gown juxtaposed with the flowy volume of the bottom of the gown make for an eye-catching moment.
What's more, her floral crown draws attention to her with gorgeous colors and textures, both of which help highlight her beautiful red hair.
Eliz Alex Photography
In this shot, the setting is simply the backyard, yet again, we see how the wardrobe and accessory choices help elevate the photo to another level.
The light, bright green color of the dress immediately draws your attention amidst the darker tones in the shot. The volume and movement of the dress also help add drama.
Again, the use of a floral crown helps anchor the young lady as the centerpiece of the shot, drawing attention to her face. It's also a great tool in this situation for creating a connection between the model and the flowers that surround her.
Wardrobe and accessory choices can't necessarily make a bad shot a good one - the fundamentals still need to be there.
But by incorporating wardrobe and accessory choices that have color, texture, patterns, and movement, you can make even the most mundane scenes into gorgeous portraits.
Give Them Something to Do
Cherish This Photography
Perhaps the easiest trick for getting precious photos of young girls is to give them something to do.
By distracting their attention, you can capture genuine, authentic moments like the one in the image above.
Rather than being a heavily posed shot (not that there's anything wrong with those...), you create something a little more whimsical.
And in this case, the setting certainly helps in the whimsy department, with tons of colors and textures that add interest to the photo.
So, to summarize, by giving your subject something do to, accessorizing them with beautiful clothing, and including mom or dad in the shot, you have plenty of ways to create more interesting portraits of girls.
Again, these techniques can be used with just about anyone else, too, so give them a try to see how your portraits might improve.
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